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Cladrastis kentukea
Cladrastis kentukea

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Zones 2-9, 14-16, 31-43
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Cladrastis kentukea

Yellow Wood
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Deciduous, Trees

Native to Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Slow-growing tree to 30–50 ft. tall, with broad, rounded head half as wide as tree is high. Leaves are 8–12 in. long, divided into many (usually 7–11) oval leaflets resembling those of English walnut (See Walnut). Foliage is yellowish green when new, turning bright green in summer and brilliant yellow in fall. Bark is gray in maturity; the common name “yellow wood” refers to the color of the freshly cut heartwood.

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