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Gymnocladus dioicus

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Main interest:
yellow leaves in the fall, distinctive seed pods, tolerant to drought and pollution, low maintenance, native
full sun
Soil humidity:
dry to wet soil; well drained
Flower colour:
whitish green
Mildly fragrant
Flowering period:
May to June
bluish green
USDA Hardiness:
zone 4a: -34.5 °C (-30 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 80 ft (24 m) width: 50 ft (15 m)
specimen, urban tree, shade tree, rain garden

Kentucky Coffee Tree is a large, native, deciduous tree species. The trunk has rough, scaley brown bark. The large, bipinnately compound leaves are bluish green in the summer and a stunning yellow in the fall.

Gymnocladus dioicus is a dioecious species. Male and female flowers occur on separate individuals. The greenish white female flowers are fragrant and when fertilized, produce flat reddish brown seed pods. Native Americans used to roast the seeds and use them to produce a coffee like beverage. While edible when roasted, these seeds are very toxic when consumed raw. Only female trees produce the seed pods. Kentucky Coffee Tree is a large, slow-growing tree species, able to grow over 60-80 ft tall.

Makes an excellent shade tree. Kentucky Coffee Tree is slow growing, easy to grow and low maintenance. It is extremely tolerant to drought as well as wet soil, and urban pollution (heavy clay soil should be avoided). Commonly used in urban and residential areas. This is a threatened species in Ontario.

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$17.99 - $45.99 $13.99 - $39.99

Ships ON, QC, NB, PE, NS

Also known as: Coffee Tree, Coffeetree, Kentucky coffeetree, Kentucky Mahogany, American Coffee Berry

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