Cladrastis kentukea 'Perkins Pink'
  • Cladrastis kentukea 'Perkins Pink'
  • Cladrastis kentukea 'Perkins Pink'

Cladrastis kentukea 'Perkins Pink'

£45.00

(American Yellowwood or Virgilia) A rare and deciduous tree which is native to the South-eastern USA with bright green, pinnate leaves which can turn a fetching bright yellow in a good, crisp autumn before falling.

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A rare and deciduous tree which is native to the South-eastern USA  with bright green, pinnate leaves which can turn a fetching bright yellow in a good, crisp autumn before falling.

In late spring or early summer Cladrastis kentukea 'Perkins Pink' has very fragrant, wisteria-like, pink flowers in large, hanging clusters although the tree can be 5 - 10 years before these flowers start to make their yearly appearance.

Cladrastis kentukea 'Perkins Pink' was originally discovered in the 1930's at the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts and the wood contains a yellow dye which gives rise to its common name.


  • Position: Full sun (requires a hot position to flower well)
  • Soil: Fertile, well-drained soils.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. This plant will grow best in an area sheltered from strong winds and late frosts, as these can damage the emerging flower buds.
  • Flowering Period: June.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Eventually a small rounded tree in the U.K once established.
    • Height: 10 m (32 ft)
    • Spread: 8 m (26 ft)

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun
Mature Size
Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Flowering Season - Summer (June - August), Scented

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