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Kentucky coffeetree

Gymnocladus dioicus

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Characteristics:
Medium-sized tree with bluish-green, compund leaves tolerant of most conditions. Nice shade tree with attractive hanging clusters of white flowers in spring.

Growing Conditions:
Medium to large open, round-crowned deciduous tree.

Uses:
Despite being a member of the Legume Family, Kentucky Coffee Tree is not a nitrogen fixer.

Height:
45' at maturity

Width:
30' at maturity

Shape:
Rounded, wide

Flowers:
Inconspicuous; small, greenish-white flowers in panicles 6-8

Leaves:
Alternate, bipinnately compound leaves up to 3' in length; Leaflets 2-3

Bark:
Gray to grayish-brown, often marked with deep, irregular furrows and curling plates.

Prefers full sun, humus-rich, moist soil, but adapts well to urban conditions. Tolerates drought and occasional flooding.