The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Honey Locust Gleditsia tricanthos 'Sunburst'


The Honey Locust is a thorny tree from North America. It is a member of the pea family having pea-like flowers and pea-like pods. It was introduced to the UK in 1700 and since then many cultivars have arisen, of which this is one. It is a variety of the thornless form enermis first planted in 1953. It is an ideal town tree being drought tolerant and resistant to pollution.

Location : Two in front of the Students' Union Building. Planted in 2012.