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Cladrastis kentuckea

Cladrastis kentukea

  • Height: 30’
  • Spread: 40’
  • Site characteristics: Medium to coarse-textured soils; full sun
  • Zone: 4b - 8a
  • Wet/dry: Best in moist, well-drained soils; not drought-tolerant
  • Native range: Scattered range in South-Central United States
  • pH: 5.0 - 8.2
  • Shape: Round
  • Foliage: Bright green
  • Other: Showy, fragrant flowers in late spring, legume
  • Additional: Prune only in summer as profuse bleeding will occur at other times of the year, specify single leader; can be weak-wooded with poor crotch angles that split out as the trees grow older; transplant in spring.
  • Pests: Prone to some branch splitting. Minor problem with Verticullium wilt.

Yellowwood Yellowwood foliage Cladrastis kentukea
Photos: Jesse Saylor, MSU

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