Yellowwood

Cladrastis lutea

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Yellowwood (Cladrastis lutea)
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.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
Over 30 ft.
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
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
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Trees

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