The Ideal Tree For The South Side of Your House

The Kentucky Coffeetree provides great diffuse shade in the summer, but its spare branching allows light and warmth into your home in the winter.This legume fixes nitrogen in the soil, and the compound leaves filter light, allowing a thicker, greener yard. It is considered highly storm damage resistant, so is a good choice to plant near buidlings.  

It grows about 60 feet tall and spreads 40 to 50 feet. While the seed pods can be quite beautiful, you can choose the Espresso variety if you’d like a tree without. We are offering Kentucky Coffeetree at several residential tree distribution events, including:  Cerro Gordo county, Lee County, Story County, and Tama County. Click on the following link to download order forms.  www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/Forestry/UrbanForestry/ResidentialTreePrograms.aspx

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  • If i recall ,they are very tolerant of tough growing conditions. We had them in Melrose,Ma. as mature and healthy street trees in compacted wet soils.

  • Good to know there is a male selection as mowing over the seeds could be rough.   This has always been a favorite of mine as it is very fragrant when flowering even though the flowers are small and green and people wonder where the fragrance is coming from.

  • Great tree!  Thank you for reminding of this tree, I will be sure to plant some this fall. 

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