Gleditsia triacanthos inermis "Ruby Lace"

Ruby Lace, Ruby Lace Locust

A variety of Gleditsia grown for its attractive foliage; ruby-red as it emerges in spring, bronze-green in summer and yellow in autumn.

Features: Foliage colour; spring growth is ruby-red, bronzing through summer to yellow in autumn. Delicate foliage shape. Hardy.
Applications: Colour feature or specimen tree for parks, lawns, gardens and streetscapes.
Description Gleditsia are proven as hardy street and shade trees, being fast-growing, heat and drought tolerant and well-suited for the demands of urban environments. Trees grow with an open, spreading canopy and have attractive, fine, somewhat weeping foliage. The 'Ruby Lace' variety grows to a generally thornless, small to medium-sized tree and is distinctive for its glossy foliage that emerges as ruby-red, turns bronzy-green and then yellow-gold in autumn.
Availability: Torbay, Champion Lakes : 100L
Mature height: 6-10
Mature spread: 6-8
Canopy: Rounded, irregular and spreading. Moderate shade.
Growth rate: Moderate
Cautions: Shape in autumn - spring pruning can be detrimental
Tolerances: Tolerates root covering. Urban environments. Heat and drought tolerant when established. Mildly frost tolerant.
Sun demands: Prefers full sun
Soil demands: Prefers moist, fertile, well drained soil. Acidic to alkaline. Tolerates periodically wet sites.
Water demands: Low
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Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous
Family: Fabaceae
Gleditsia triacanthos inermis
Gleditsia triacanthos inermis
Gleditsia triacanthos inermis
Gleditsia triacanthos inermis

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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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