Cladrastis kentukea - autumn colour
  • Cladrastis kentukea - summer flowers
  • Cladrastis kentukea - autumn colour
  • Cladrastis kentukea - autumn colour close up

Cladrastis kentukea (lutea)


(American Yellow wood or Virgilia) Cladrastis kentukea is a handsome small tree with good yellow autumn colour and lovely racemes of fragrant flowers summer. Best suited for a sunny position.

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Native to South-eastern North America, Cladrastis kentukea is a small tree with lovely wisteria-like white, fragrant flowers, touched with yellow at the center in early summer. The pinnate (feather-like) leaves are pale green in spring and summer, turning warm, butter yellow in autumn before falling.

Cladrastis kentukea is an unusual and handsome tree best suited for a sunny position.

  • Position: Full sun.
  • Soil: Fertile, well-drained soils. Cladrastis kentukea is tolerant of dry soil conditions.
  • 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.
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Small tree with an upright; graceful spreading crown once established.
    • Height: up to 10 m (32 ft)
    • Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
  • Notes: This plant is also known as Cladrastis lutea. Requires a hot, sunny position to flower.

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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), Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline, Soil Type: Acid
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Flowering Season - Summer (June - August), Scented

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