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Cladrastis kentukea
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Cladrastis kentukea

Cladrastis

Cladrastis kentukea full sun

Uncommon in cultivation and considered by many to be the foremost American flowering tree, this southeastern U.S. denizen forges a graceful broad rounded crown of delicate low sweeping limbs that create dense shade. The dramatic framework becomes a dignified focal point with smooth pewter-colored bark and prominent flat brown seed pods on sinewy luminous branches. Delightfully fragrant, pendulous, long creamy white Wisteria-style panicles luxuriate against pinnately compound, rich green foliage defined by 7 to 9 deciduous leaflets, donning silky gray hairs when young and bright butter yellow hues in autumn.

Pest free and drought tolerant, practically indestructible Yellowood detests wet feet, favors well-drained loam, yields a yellow dye and supports beneficial nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Grows moderately. Large Band.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 30' 0"–45' 0" high x 40' 0"–45' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Cladrastis kentukea (T-0271)
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