Kentucky Coffeetree

Gymnocladus dioicus

The Kentucky coffeetree got its name from Native Americans and early American settlers who used its seeds for a coffee-like drink. Native to Missouri, it is an extremely tough shade tree with attractive, large, bluish-green leaves and greenish-white flowers that bloom in spring.

Size and Light Requirements

In its preferred full-sun location, this tree will grow to approximately 40 feet tall in 40 to 50 years.

Plant This Tree

This tree is available through our residential planting program, RiverSmart Homes. You can also get up to $100 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.

Find Another Tree

All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, D.C.

Photo Credits

geneva_wirth, Ram-Man, Marija Gajić, Cillas, Hardyplants