Kentucky Yellowwood

Yellow Wood


An unbelievable specimen tree to have in your yard this underused South Eastern United States native has wisteria like hanging fragrant flowers, showy fall foliage and great winter form.  The yellow heartwood of the tree is used for specialized furniture building and decorative wood turning and the pioneers once used the roots for dye. It is hardy in Northern Region including Ontario, yet rarely found in eastern North America.

Kentucky Yellowwood

Cladrastis kentukea

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Soil Type: Well draining
  • Height: 30-50′
  • Width: 40-55′
  • Bloom Time: May-June
  • Bloom Colour: White
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Pests and Disease: No serious disease or insect problems
  • Landscape Uses: Shade tree
  • Special Features: Fall colours, flowers, fragrant
  • Zone: 4-8

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