Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Yellowood

Cladrastis kentukea
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Gold
Hardy From Zone: 4
Hardy To Zone: 8
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

30 to
60
feet

Spread:

40 to
55
feet
Size
Height: 30 to
60
feet
Spread: 40 to
55
feet
Size
Height: 30 to
60
feet
Spread: 40 to
55
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Root bark was used as a primary dye in Appalachia. Wood was prized for gunstocks. An excellent specimen tree.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Full sun or partial shade, moist and well drained soil is appropriate. Grows well in alkaline soils.
Special Features
Interesting Bark
Special Usage
Fragrant
Basic Description

A very underused native that will fool some into thinking it is an exotic beauty! Medium sized tree, good for small areas, rich pea-green compound leaves with soft golden yellow fall color. The breathtaking, fragrant, creamy-white flowers occur in May on pendulous 8-14″ long panicles. Rarely heavily flowers annually, usually alternate flowering. The bark is very smooth and gray.

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