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Unique Shade Tree with Great Fall Color

The Kentucky Coffee Tree is a deciduous, ornamental tree with unique features.  Plant one in your front or side yard for a lovely shade tree that offers a splash of spring and fall color.  It will even be a great conversation-starter with friends and neighbors when the “coffee” pods appear in autumn.

Spring brings the initial treat with clusters of petite, white flowers cascading from the branches.  Their contrast against the double-compound, vibrant green leaves is lovely.  Each leaf can reach up to 3 feet in length (with 100+ tiny leaflets), presenting an impressive sight for your yard. 

Those same leaves turn a delightful shade of yellow-orange for fall, a dramatic dash of color for your autumn landscape.

Beyond the obvious beauty of the Kentucky Coffee Tree is the fascinating seed pod it produces in the fall.  The reddish-brown pods can reach lengths of up to 10 inches. 

The seeds, while toxic uncooked, were used in the past for food by Native Americans.  They were also ground by early settlers for use in a coffee-like drink.  The seeds will often persist into winter, providing added ornamental interest for your yard.

You can expect your Kentucy Coffee Tree to reach heights of up to 75 feet with a 50 foot spread. 

The bark is dark brown and deeply furrowed, and the crown is gently rounded.  Kentucky Coffee Tree is very hardy, tolerant of many conditions including drought and urban environments.

For a beautiful tree with unique features and a hardy disposition, the Kentury Coffee Tree is an excellent choice.

* Great urban tree
* Often used in golf course, parks or as street trees
* Brilliant fall color
* Drought and pollution tolerant


Kentucky Coffee Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Gymnocladus dioicus
Foliage Green
Mature Height 60 - 75 feet
Mature Spread 40 - 50 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Flower Color Insignificant