SelecTree: Tree Detail
KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE
Photo Locations: Morton Arboretum - Lisle, IL, National Arboretum - Washington, DC, Finch Arboretum - Spokane, WA, Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA.
Will take some drought. Seed pods are poisonous. Requires a moderate amount of water.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Eastern United States.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 60 - 100 feet.
Width: 40 - 50 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Bipinnately Compound, Medium Green, Gold, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Fragrant Flowers in Summer. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Brown Pod, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Dark Brown or Dark Gray, Furrowed, Ridged or Scaly.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 3, 7 - 10, 12 - 16 and 19 - 21.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Armillaria.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
Allergy and Poisonous Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Gymnocladus dioica Tree Record." 1995-2020. Jun 5, 2020.
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