Plant Type: Deciduous Trees
A native of the Midwestern United States, the slow-growing Kentucky Coffeetree reaches 80 feet tall and 50 feet wide when found in the open, with an upright, irregular, and thin appearance in youth, becoming dense and symmetrical with age. As a member of the Bean Family, it is related to many other representative species, including Redbud, Honeylocust, Black Locust, and Wisteria, among others. The specific epithet of “dioicus” is sometimes alternatively spelled as “dioica”; in either case, it refers to the male and female nature of this species, termed “dioecious”.
This picturesque tree has deeply furrowed bark and stout branches that are particularly handsome in winter. It prefers deep, moist soil and full sun, but is adaptable to many conditions such as alkaline soil, salt, and drought. The mahogany seed pods are long and leathery.
Growing & Maintenance Tips:
Foliage ColorGreen. Yellow Fall color.
Soil MoistureLow to average water needs.
Characteristics & Attributes