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Cladrastis kentukea

Kentucky yellow-wood

A spreading tree with bright, light green leaves to 30cm long composed of 7-9 ovate leaflets, turning clear yellow in autumn. Pendent panicles of fragrant white flowers to 3cm long are borne in late spring and early summer.

Other common names
virgilia
yellow ash
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yellow-wood
Synonyms
Cladrastis tinctoria
Cladrastis lutea
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Size
Ultimate height
8–12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
Wider than 8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Name status

Correct

Plant range
US

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well drained soil in full sun sheltered from cold winds as the wood is very brittle.

Propagation

Sow seeds as soon as ripe in the autumn and keep in cold frame - propagation trees from sed. Take root cuttings in winter.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
Pruning

Pruning group 1 after flowering or in late autumn or early winter.

Pests

Usually pest free

Diseases

Usually disease free

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