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Kentucky Coffeetree
Catalogue A# 0097-002 H11
GPS 45D 43' 58" N / 108D 37' 22" W

Gymnocladus dioicus

Family: Fabaceae

Origin: Eastern to Midwestern North America

Common name: Kentucky Coffeetree

Location: Northwest of Homestead House next to pond

Number in accession: 1 (see below)

Note: A# 0098-010 and A# 2000-115 located across pathway from this specimen. (1) non-accessioned specimen located on South Plaza (no planting date available), (1) non-accessioned specimen located along ditch in Old Pond Collection (planted 2012)

​This 16 inch Kentucky coffeetree provides overall benefits of: $118 every year. 

Tree or Plant Type: Tree
        Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
        Native Locale: North America
        Landscape Uses: Parkway/street, Shade tree, Specimen
        Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet)
Mature Height: 60-75 feet
Mature Width: 40-50 feet
        Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
        Hardiness Zones: Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 , Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
        Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
        Acid Soils: Tolerant
        Alkaline Soils: Tolerant
        Salt Spray: Tolerant
        Soil Salt: Tolerant
        Drought Conditions: Tolerant
        Poor Drainage: Tolerant
        Planting Considerations: Messy fruit/plant parts
        Ornamental Interest: Spring blossoms, Fragrant flowers, Persistent fruit/seeds
        Season of Interest: Late spring, Early fall
        Flower Color & Fragrance: Fragrant, White
        Shape or Form: Irregular, Oval
        Growth Rate: Slow
        Transplants Well: Ye


The Kentucky coffeetree's tolerance to pollution and a wide range of soils makes it a suitable tree for urban environments. Native to the Midwest, this tree bears leathery, reddish-brown seed pods that add winter interest to the Midwestern landscape. 

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