Gymnocladus dioicus

Deciduous tree with rough, scaly gray-brown bark.

Common Name: Gymnocladus dioica, Kentucky Coffeetree

Kentucky Coffeetree is a tall deciduous tree with rough, scaly gray-brown bark and large bipinnate compound leaves. One of the toughest trees for a wide variety of climates, it tolerates a wide range of soils as well as extreme heat and drought. It grows 60-80' tall with an irregular open oval to obovate crown. bluff bases and along streams. Large leaves to 3' long, As the specific epithet suggests, the species is dioecious (separate male and female trees). Native Americans and early American settlers, roasted and ground the seeds to brew a coffee-like beverage, hence the common name.

  • Plant Type: Shade & Flowering tree
  • Plant Hardiness Zone: 3a-8b
  • Height: 60' - 100'
  • width: 30'
  • Soil Needs: Average, Well-Drained
  • Water Needs: Even Moisture
  • Sun Exposure: Sun
  • Foliage Color:
  • Foliage Season: Deciduous
  • Flower Season: Summer

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