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Yellowwood

Cladrastis kentukea

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Yellowwood

Cladrastis kentukea

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Tolerates Alkaline Soil

Botanical Name

Cladrastis kentukea

Outdoor Growing zone

4-8

Mature Height

30-50

Mature Width

30-50

Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

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Yellowwood is widely seen as one of the most beautiful of our native trees. It becomes a broad specimen over 30 feet tall and wide, with bright green leaves that turn beautiful clear yellow in fall. In early summer it is covered with long, hanging bunches of white or pale pink flowers, a lot like wisteria blooms. It is naturally multi-stemmed, but it can be trained into a shade tree with a single trunk, if you wish. Grow it on a lawn, on slopes and banks, or along the edges of woods.

  • One of our most beautiful native trees
  • Broad specimen tree with bright yellow fall leaves
  • Spectacular June display of wisteria-like bunches of white flowers
  • Grows well even in urban gardens
  • Suitable for alkaline clay soils

Plant your Yellowwood tree in full sun or partial shade, in well-drained soil that is not too dry. Clay and alkaline soils are suitable, but it will also grow in acidic soils. It is hardy all the way into Minnesota and Maine, and throughout most of the country. It rarely suffers from pests or diseases and beyond some formative pruning when young it needs no special attention. A beautiful native tree that is often overlooked for less attractive but more familiar trees.

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