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Cladrastis lutea

Yellowwood is a vase-shaped spreading tree with dark green foliage that turns a delicate yellow or orange in the fall and smooth light gray bark. Breathtaking, pendulous, foot-long, wisteria-like clusters of fragrant white flowers appear in late spring and early summer, often in alternate years.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis relatively uncommon North American native is a top choice among horticulturists, despite its slow growth and blooming. Its deep roots allow shade-tolerant plants to grow near it.

CareTransplant in spring into thoroughly prepared soil, water during dry weather until established. Do not prune in late winter or spring.

PropagationInsert root cuttings in winter.


  • Genus : Cladrastis
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Interesting Bark
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
  • Flower Color : White
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