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Gymnocladus dioicus

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Gymnocladus dioica - Kentucky Coffee Tree - Photo Courtesy of JF Schmidt

Gymnocladus dioica - Kentucky Coffee Tree - Photo Courtesy of JF Schmidt

More About Gymnocladus dioicus

  • Open, oval crown with irregular branching
  • Greenish-white flowers appear on both male and female species
  • Flowers on female species 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

Interesting Notes:

 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.

Zone:

4

Height:

17-20 m

Spread:

13-15 m

Colour:

Green
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Kentucky Coffee Tree 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.

 


Gymnocladus dioicus Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Fast
Fast
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Fragrant
Fragrant
Salt Tolerant
Salt Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fall Color
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum

Habit

Oval
Spreading

Foliage Color

Green
Yellow
Blue

Landscape uses

Specimen

 Suitable Substitutions for Gymnocladus dioicus

Fraxinus nigra

Fraxinus nigra

Black Ash

Fraxinus pennsylvanica

Fraxinus pennsylvanica

Green / Red Ash