(Kentucky Coffee Tree) Gymnocladus dioica is a hardy, rare and very handsome, small to medium sized tree with huge pinnate (feather-like) leaves and golden yellow autumn colour.
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One of the most elegant of all hardy trees, Gymnocladus dioica has large, pink tinted young leaves (80 - 100 cm long), turning green as they age and glorious shades of yellow in autumn before falling. New branches have a ghostly white bloom in winter.
Although having greenish-white flowers, this tree rarely flowers in the United Kingdom as we generally do not have hot enough summers. A striking ornamental tree suitable for most gardens and woodland areas.
- Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Any reasonably well drained, fertile soil. Gymnocladus dioica is tolerant of dry soil conditions.
- Hardiness: Very hardy, but will produce better quality leaves with a little shelter from severe winds.
- Flowering Period: June.
- Flower Colour: Greenish-white
- Rate of Growth: Slow.
- Habit: Gymnocladus dioica grows to be a small elegantly branching tree.
- Height: up to 10 m (32 ft)
- Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
- Notes: If planted in a hot area where it will flower, this plant can produce handsome seed pods although both a female and a male plant are required as Gymnocladus are not self-fertile.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun
- Eventual Size
- Tree - Small (4m - 8m), Tree - Medium (8m - 15m)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Dry/Sandy
- Special Features
- Habit - Architectural, Rare and Unusual, Honey Fungus Resistant, Autumn Colour, Foliage - Unusual Shape