Yellowwood Cladrastis lutea Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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 Uses Specimen Plant/Focal Point Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Tolerance Drought Tolerant Type Trees Cladrastis luteaView the discussion thread.