- Great urban tree
- Often used in golf course, parks or as street trees
- Large seed pods
- Drought and pollution tolerant
- Grows 60' to 70' with a 45' spread
- Zones 3 to 8
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Zones 3 - 8
The Kentucky Coffeetree can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Kentucky Coffeetree falls into the following type(s): Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
60' - 75' High
The Kentucky Coffeetree grows to be 60' - 75' feet in height.
40' - 50' Spread
The Kentucky Coffeetree has a spread of about 40' - 50' at full maturity.
Slow to Medium Growth
This tree grows at a slow to medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This coffeetree does well in full sun.
The Kentucky Coffeetree grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
This coffeetree has oval, rounded shape.
Resistant to disease and able to adapt to a wide variety of soils and climates, the Kentucky Coffeetree is an excellent choice for parks and golf courses. It is also widely used as an ornamental and street tree.
Sources disagree on which parts of the seed pods are edible. Although the seeds have been roasted to make a type of coffee, one source says the raw seeds are poisonous. The seed pulp is reportedly toxic to cattle, but it has been used in home remedies.
The Kentucky Coffeetree is native to the central states of America from Pennsylvania to Nebraska and from Minnesota to Oklahoma. This tree gets its name because early Kentucky settlers noticed the resemblance of its seeds to coffee beans. Timber from this tree tends to be brittle, but can be used for fence posts. In earlier times, its wood was used in the construction of railway sleeper cars.
It tolerates some wet soil, yet has extreme drought tolerance.
This tree has bipinnately compound, 2 to 3 inches long leaflets, light green in summer and yellow in autumn.
Purplish flowers of the female tree have a rose-like fragrance. These mature into large, brownish seed pods containing large 3/4-inch bean-like seeds. Pods remain on the tree throughout the winter. Raw seeds are toxic to humans.
This tree produces a pod, 5 to 10 inches long, dry, hard, green turning to brown.
Picturesque in summer and winter, coarse ascending branches often form a narrow crown. Oval leaflets emerge late in spring, changing from pinkish-tinged to a dark, almost blue-green. Tolerates most conditions, drought and pollution. Needs full sun. Grows to 60'-75' with a 45' spread. (Zones 3-8)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.