Honey Locust Tree Planting and Care

Honey Locust Tree Planting and Care

The honey locust is a fast growing tree graceful in appearance. The leaves are fernlike and turn brilliant yellow in autumn. The blooms give way to large twisted seedpods that resemble flattened beans. The following are tips on how to plant and care for the honey locust tree.

Choosing a Location

Honey locusts prefer a location with full sun and a climate with a cool winter and warm summers. The roots of the honey locust tree can be invasive and produce an abundance of garden litter, so choose a location away from sidewalks, pools and fountains. Honey locust trees are drought tolerant and do well in most soils.


Turn the soil and mix to an approximate depth of 18 to 20 inches. Space the honey locust tree 20 to 30 feet apart, as the trees do grow rapidly and have a spread of up to 50 feet at full maturity. Remove any garden debris such as branches, rocks and roots. Level the soil out with a rake. Dig a hole three times the width of the pot and the same in depth. Remove the honey locust tree from the pot keeping the soil and roots intact. Place the tree into the hole and level it out, making sure the top of the root ball is even with the top of the soil. Place soil into the hole and pack down gently. Water the tree thoroughly using a slow steady stream of water.


Honey locust trees should be staked until a good tree branch pattern has been formed. Trees should be trimmed when young to prevent overcrowding. Prune any dead or fallen limbs in the fall. Mature honey locust trees require little to no pruning. Fertilize with a 20-10-10 mixture and apply around the root area.

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