The genus Cladrastis includes a handful of deciduous trees cultivated for their upright or dangling wisteria-like clusters of flowers (fragrant in some species) and their colorful autumn leaves. They are native to China, Japan, and the U.S. Grow them as specimen trees.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsLong clusters of pea-like flowers and nice autumn color.
CareChoose a sheltered site (branches are brittle) in full sun with fertile, well-drained soil.
PropagationScarify seed in fall and then sow in containers outdoors or in a seedbed. Take root cuttings in winter.