Gymnocladus dioicus - Kentucky Coffee Tree - Photo courtesy of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Gymnocladus dioicus - Kentucky Coffee Tree - Fall Colour
Gymnocladus dioicus - Kentucky Coffee Tree

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Gymnocladus dioicus

  • Open, oval crown with irregular branching
  • Greenish-white flowers appear on both male and female plants
  • Fertilized flowers on female plants give way to long, flat, brown, seed pods
  • Large compound leaves are blue-green in the summer
  • Fall colour is an insignificant yellow
  • Bloom Time: May to June

ZONE:
4

COLOUR:
Green

HEIGHT:
17-20 m

SPREAD:
13-15 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


A good landscape tree for parks and large lawn areas. It has a striking winter silhouette. Seed pods, while visually attractive, can cause messy litter drop. 

 

Additional Notes about Kentucky Coffee Tree:


 Native to Ontario and mid to eastern U.S.A.

Native Americans and early American settlers, especially those in the Kentucky area, roasted and ground the seeds to brew a coffee-like beverage (albeit no caffeine), hence the common name. Seeds are toxic unless roasted.

Characteristics & Attributes


GROWTH RATE:
Medium
ATTRIBUTES:
Deciduous
Fall Color
FLOWERING TIME:
Lt. Spr-Sum
HABIT:
Spreading
Oval
FOLIAGE COLOR:
Blue
Yellow
Green
LANDSCAPE USES:
Specimen