Kentucky Coffeetree

Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8
Average shipping height: 1' - 1'6"
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The tree’s picturesque profile stands out in all seasons and can be attributed to a unique growth habit of coarse, ascending branches that often form a narrow crown. With its reputation as a tough species, the Kentucky coffeetree is an excellent choice for parks, golf courses and other large areas. It is also widely used as an ornamental or street tree.

  • Tolerates drought and pollution
  • Adapts to a wide variety of soils
  • Produces greenish-white flowers, with female flowers releasing a rose-like fragrance
  • Will be delivered at height of 1'–1'6"

The Kentucky Coffeetree Grows in zones 3 - 8

Your Tree’s Personality



Growth Speed

Slow to Medium

Scientific Name

Gymnocladus dioicus

Mature Height

60' - 75'

Mature Spread

40' - 50'

Shipping Height

1' - 1'6"

Sun Preference

Full Sun

Soil Preference

Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Drought, Loamy, Moist, Rich, Sandy, Well Drained, Wet

Wildlife Value

Sources disagree on which parts of the seed pods are edible. The seed pulp is reportedly toxic to cattle.


The Kentucky coffeetree is native to the central states of America from Pennsylvania to Nebraska and from Minnesota to Oklahoma. This tree gets its name because early Kentucky settlers noticed the resemblance of its seeds to coffee beans. In earlier times, its wood was used in the construction of railway sleeper cars.

Planting Instructions

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