Kentucky Coffee-tree
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Kentucky Coffee-tree

Kentucky Coffee-tree

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Gymnocladus dioicus

Kentucky Coffee-tree is a slow to moderate growing deciduous native tree in the bean family.  It is resistant to air pollution and drought and makes an excellent addition to a rain garden or in a landscape to provide shade. Their interesting shape and seed pods are attractive and make for winter interest in a landscape.

Plant in the full sun in moist, well-drained soil though this tree tolerates a wide range of soil types. Select male plants to avoid seed pods. It is a good dependable city tree which is drought and air pollution tolerant

Current Sale Size: 2-3 ft. bare root transplant. unsexed.

Growth Rate: Slow to moderate

Soils: Sand, Loam, Clay

Moisture: Dry to Moist

Shade Tolerance: Full sun 

Mature Height: 60 - 75 ft.

Mature Width: 40 - 50 ft.

Deer Damage Potential: High

Origin: Native

Uses: Shade, ornamental, winter interest, lumber, wildlife

WARNING: LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. The pulp between the seeds can be mistaken for the sweet, non-toxic pulp of the honey locust. Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, irregular pulse, coma.

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