American yellowwood - Fabaceae Cladrastus kentukea

Taxonomy

FamilyFabaceae
GenusCladrastus
Specieskentukea
Common NameAmerican yellowwood
iTree CodeCLKE

Plant Form

FormTree: often branching low, with broad/rounded crown
Height40 feet
Spread55 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliagegreen, oval leaflets (5-9), alternately arranged with terminal leaflet, bulbous stem base encapsulating the budsLeaf Type Information IconCompound - Pinnate
Needles0
Barksilver-gray, sometimes a blackened color, smooth, slightly rougher with age
Budfalse terminal bud, fuzzy; golden brown, hidden under the leaf stemBud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
Twigcurrent year chocolate brown, then gray; zig-zag appearance
Flowerwhite clusters 12-14 inch long, drooping, fragrant
Fruitpods hanging in clusters, legumes (4")
Fall Coloryellow

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min4bMin4.5SoilModerate
Max8aMax8.0SprayModerate

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntermediateModerateUnknown

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States
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