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Cladrastis lutea (Yellowwood)

Cladrastis lutea Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Cladrastis lutea Common Name: Yellowwood Synonyms: Cladrastis kentukea Genus: Cladrastis
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 characteristics: This 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.
Care: Transplant in spring into thoroughly prepared soil, water during dry weather until established. Do not prune in late winter or spring.
Propagation: Insert root cuttings in winter.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height Over 30 ft.
Spread Over 30 ft.
Growth Pace Slow Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Interesting Bark; Native; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Spring; Spring; Summer
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Flowering Tree, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Trees

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