Kentucky Coffeee Tree

(Gymnocladus dioicus)

Gymnocladus dioicus

A beautiful fast growing shade tree. Foliage is superb and casts a fine filtered shade.  A choice hardy tree for large lawns, parks and street planting.

Ornamental features:

  • Rich bluish green large compound leaves.
  • Leaves can reach 2 ft across and 3 ft long.
  • Oval to rounded outline.

Wildlife value:

  • Unknown value, except for canopy nesting birds.

Horticulture profile:

  • Zone 3 to 8
  • Grow 60 –75ft Tall and 40-50ft Wide.
  • Medium to fast growth rate 15-20 ft in 10 years.
  • Adaptable to soil and moisture conditions.
  • Tolerates drought, pollution and high pH soils.
  • Extremely pest free.
  • Late to leaf out in Spring.
  • Tree is dioecious with female and male flowers on different trees
  • Large flat bean like pods develop only on female trees
  • Native from New York south to Tennessee.