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Kentucky Coffeetree

Gymnocladus dioicus

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Kentucky Coffeetree

Gymnocladus dioicus

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Easy Care
Tolerates Acidic Soil
Tolerates Alkaline Soil

Botanical Name

Gymnocladus dioicus

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun

The Kentucky Coffeetree is a drought-tolerant, hardy native tree that will grow in all types of soil and is free of pests or diseases. It makes an excellent specimen or shade tree and throws a light shade that will allow turf to grow right underneath, making it an ideal garden tree. It has an attractive irregular form, fragrant white flowers in spring and large seed pods decorating the branches in winter. In fall the leaves turn a vibrant yellow. This tree is an excellent choice that should be used in gardens much more often for its trouble-free habits and natural beauty.

  • Large native tree ideal as a lawn specimen
  • Attractive fragrant white flowers in spring
  • Large decorative seed pods in winter
  • Light shade won’t kill grass beneath it
  • Tolerates areas that flood from time to time

Plant your young Kentucky Coffeetree in full sun or where it will grow into sun within a few years. It is easy to grow, thriving in all but the very coldest parts of the country, and in most soils, including areas that flood periodically. It has no pests or diseases, and grows quickly when young, giving an attractive specimen within a few years. No pruning is needed and it is very low maintenance.

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