Native plants for wetlands, fields or forests and an eclectic mix of other botanic delights

Cladrastis kentuckea (lutea)

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Missouri Botanical Garden
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Missouri Botanical Garden
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A handsome fragrantly flowering, medium-sized tree
Mature Size:
' Height /
' Spread
Expected Size:
Light Preference:
Sun to Part Sun
Soil Preference:
Moist (Mesic)
Priced by size; $45.00 (4') - $85.00 (7'-8')
$32.50/3 gal. (3'-4')

A medium-sized tree, smooth gray bark, and yellow. The flowers are white, clustered and show from May-June. The fruits are pealike pods, formed in Sept - Oct. Cladrastis kentukea, the Kentucky Yellowwood or American Yellowwood (syn. C. lutea, C. tinctoria), is native to the Southeastern United States, with a restricted range from western North Carolina west to eastern Oklahoma, and from southern Missouri and Indiana south to central Alabama. The tree is sometimes called Virgilia.

Cladrastis lutea ( syn. kentukea) is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree typically growing 10–15 metres (33–49 ft) tall, exceptionally to 27 metres (89 ft) tall, with a broad, rounded crown and smooth gray bark. The leaves are compound pinnate, 20-30 cm long, with 5-11 (mostly 7-9) alternately arranged leaflets, each leaflet broad ovate with an acute apex, 6-13 cm long and 3-7 cm broad, with an entire margin and a thinly to densely hairy underside. In the fall, the leaves turn a mix of yellow, gold, and orange.

The flowers are fragrant, white, produced in Wisteria-like racemes 15-30 cm long. Flowering is in early summer (June in its native region), and is variable from year to year, with heavy flowering every second or third year. The fruit is a pod 5-8 cm long, containing 2-6 seeds.

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We are a small local nursery with limited shipping capability. We will do our best to ship smaller material (usually 1 or 2 gallon), although we can sometimes ship larger plants with the pots removed.

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