Honey Locusts on the Prairies????

andres_zone3May 29, 2012

I found some reasonably priced Honey Locust at Rona the other day and I am wondering how these trees do in Edmonton and through out the prairies. Are they reliably hardy? I know the city has planted several locust trees throughout the city but none of these look like honey locust. Any thoughts..

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davidcalgary29(2b)

That covers an awful lot of territory! The native range of G. Triacanthos extends only barely into southwestern Ontario, and I really don't think that you have any type of chance north of Highway 1 in Alberta (or Manitoba). You could try it in a sheltered spot, but I'd expect winterkill above the snow line every year. That being said, you may as well give it a shot if you want to experiment! And you never know -- you might pick a genetic oddity that has a higher tolerance for cold winters.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 10:21PM
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Collin001

The two I would consider are the new cultivars out of the North Dakota Research Foundation.

Your options are:
Northern Acclaim Honeylocust, Gleditsia triacanthos "Harve" or Prairie Silk Honeylocust, Gleditsia triacanthos "Prairie Silk".

Do a plant search and go from there.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 12:17PM
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oiltown

Edmonton has over 100 honeylocusts planted currently by the city over the past 5 years. Many of them are doing perfectly fine and have had no dieback. They are the "shademaster" variety. Don't be afraid to plant them. Greenland garden carries them.

The best spot to find them is just south of whyte avenue and north of 76ave between 104st and 109st. There are also many in Hawreluk Park now. Here is a picture from a couple years ago of some on a boulevard and they are still doing perfectly well.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23840945@N05/3956567517/

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 12:07PM
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don555(3a)

Oiltown, I had a great tour of your flickr "unique tree" pics!

... do you have any update on how any of the magnolia, windmill palm, or sweet gum trees are doing since your pics of 3 or so years ago?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2012 at 2:28AM
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