Kentucky coffeetree - Caesalpiniaceae Gymnocladus dioicus

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Taxonomy

FamilyCaesalpiniaceae
GenusGymnocladus
Speciesdioicus
Common NameKentucky coffeetree
iTree CodeGYDI

Plant Form

FormTree: medium, rounded crown
Height80 feet
Spread55 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliagepinnately or bi-pinnately compound with many leaflets, large to 36” long; leaflet oval with pointLeaf Type Information IconCompound - Bipinnately
Needles0
Barkgray platy with curling edges develops brown with rough fissures
Budsmall slightly raised, greenish-brown, just above leaf scar; lacks terminal budBud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
Twiglight gray, very thick/stout, large leaf scar; large pink pith
Flowermale and female flowers on separate trees, greenish white
Fruitlarge seed pod (females trees only), starts yellow matures leather brown, hard seed
Fall Coloryellow

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3bMin6.0SoilModerate
Max8aMax8.0SprayModerate

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntolerantModerateNo

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
Previous FamilyCaesalpiniaceae
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