Cladrastis kentukea

American Yellowwood

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Medium, 9-12' over an 8-10 year period, will grow considerably faster with adequate water and fertilizer. Low branching tree with a broad, rounded crown of delicate branches.
Mature Height - 30-50'
Mature Width - 40-55'
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Perfect, White, Fragrant 1-1.25" long; borne in terminal panicles 8-14" long, 4-6" wide at base, in May-early June
Fruit - Pod, brown, October, 2.5-4" long, 0.5" wide, containing 4-6 flat, brown, hard-coated seeds.
Leaf -
Fall Color - Yellow to Golden Yellow
Bark - On older branches and trunks very smooth, gray and beech-like in overall appearance and texture; called Yellowwood because the heartwood is yellowish
Other Features - Extremely hardy, tolerates cold very well and has been reported to flower in Minnesota, and Maine.
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Transplant balled-and-bur lapped as a small tree into well-drained soil; tolerates high pH soils as well as acid situations, prune only in summer
Native Habitat - Species native to much of the South-east US. Generally occurs in rich, well-drained limestone soils in river valleys, slopes and ridges along streams.
Diseases and Insects - Very few problems associated with this tree; Verticillium wilt has been reported, but nothing serious has been observed.
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- Other plants with the common name Yellowwood.
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