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Plant Name:

Kentucky Coffeetree

Scientific Name:

Gymnocladus dioicus


Kentucky Coffeetree is a native deciduous tree with large compound leaves and brownish-green seed pods.


Open woodlands, riverbanks, prairies


Kentucky Coffeetree provides habitat for various insects and birds. The tree's seeds are consumed by some bird species and mammals.

Growing Conditions:

Kentucky Coffeetree tolerates a wide range of soil types and is adaptable to different growing conditions. It prefers full sun to part shade.


Kentucky Coffeetree has historically been used as a shade tree and for its wood, which can be used in woodworking and for fence posts.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):


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Fun Facts:

Kentucky Coffeetree gets its name from the fact that early settlers used its roasted seeds as a substitute for coffee.

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