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American Yellowwood

Cladrastis lutea

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.217 W94 53.099

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Leaves are alternate, pinnately compound, 12 inches long, with five to seven leaflets

Native Locale:
North Carolina to Kentucky and Tennessee

Mature Height:
30 to 50 feet

Mature Width:
40 to 55 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 4 to 8

Soil Preference:
Prefers well-drained soils, tolerates high pH soils as well as acid situations

Growth Habit:
Usually low branching tree with a broad, rounded crown of delicate branches

Rate of Growth:
Medium, 9 to 12'' over an 8 to 10 years

Disease and Insect:
None serious; Verticillium possible

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Additional Notes:

  • Bark: Mature bark is smooth and grey and the wood is yellow.
  • Flowers: Showy flowers in white clusters become pea-like pods. Excellent tree for flowers and foliage, however not a very common tree.
  • Southern Indiana has the only native forest surviving.


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