Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Cladrastis kentukea


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Cladrastis kentukea (Fabaceae)
(kla-DRAS-tis ken-TUK-ee-ah)
American Yellowwood

Yellowwood is a native deciduous tree with a large spreading crown, up to 50' tall with a 40' spread. It has a wide range but is rare in the wild, with small populations scattered across the eastern US. A member of the legume family, named for the yellow heartwood, once used as a dye. Spring bloom is spectacular, with white fragrant pea-like flowers held on long panicles. In our garden, it's notable for blooming around Mother's Day. Large bright-green leaves turn golden yellow in fall, and winter shows off the attractive smooth grey bark. Full sun in fertile well-drained soil is best. The short trunk tends to fork close to the ground, so young trees may need shaping. Takes a few years growth for maximum bloom, but it's worth the wait. An impressive shade or specimen tree which will reward the patient gardener. Native

Bloom color: white
Bloom period: late-spring
Height: 40-50'
Spread: 40'
Zones: 4-8

Container size: Gal.
Price: $24
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