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Kentucky CoffeetreeGymnocladus dioica

  • Kentucky Coffeetree

    Kentucky Coffeetree

  • Kentucky Coffeetree

    Kentucky Coffeetree

  • Kentucky Coffeetree

    Kentucky Coffeetree

  • Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Kentucky Coffeetree

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Kentucky CoffeetreeGymnocladus dioica

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Shade Trees
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A Completely Unique Shade Tree You Can Grow Anywhere!

Want to branch out from the ordinary shade tree but still plant something reliable and maintenance-free?

The Kentucky Coffeetree's unique upward branching pattern creates striking visual interest all year around and guarantees that no two trees will look alike.

Best of all, this tree is hardy, tolerant and adaptable in every way possible

Cold or warm climates, polluted or clean air, poor or rich soil, soggy or dry conditions - it doesn't matter - the Kentucky Coffeetree can thrive where other trees can't.

And it's completely resistant to pests, diseases, deer, and other damaging wildlife… nothing's going to take down this sturdy, dependable tree.

You'll love everything about this tree, including…

  • Spectacular winter silhouette - the branches reach upward in a crossed pattern unlike any other tree, you'll love how it stands out in winter
  • Airy shade - a light canopy means you get shade without killing all the plant life under the tree.

Growing to 60-70 ft., you can plant the Kentucky Coffee anywhere you want to create visual interest.

Yet, you'll still get all the benefits of a shade tree. Often planted in golf courses and large, open parks, this tree is known for perfectly combining form and function.

That's why this variety is always a huge hit - the tolerance, adaptability and beauty of the Kentucky Coffee.

Note: Our nursery carries male and female Kentucky Coffee trees. Our trees are younger and not separated; you will receive either a male or a female upon delivery.

  • Male trees will lack flowers but have an elegant vase shape with a narrow crown and draping branches. Similar to understory trees but without sacrificing the height.
  • Female trees feature rose-scented flowers that turn into large seed pods for seasonal interest, and the large size means easy cleanup for you!

Planting & Care


The Kentucky Coffee can be planted in any soil condition as long as it's in a location that receives full sun. Plant in a hole twice as wide, though just as deep as the root ball. Mulch around the canopy, but not near the trunk. The mulch will help the tree maintain moisture. Plant away from power lines, structures, sidewalks and sewer lines.


Watering: This tree can tolerate wet or dry conditions. Be sure to water the tree weekly in its young life to ensure proper growth.

Shipping Details

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

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Product Details

Mature Height: 60-75 ft.
Mature Width: 40-50 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Growth Rate: Moderate
Botanical Name: Gymnocladus dioica
Does Not Ship To: AZ
Grows Well In Zones: 3-8 outdoors
Your Growing Zone: #
3-8 outdoors       Map

Growing Zones: 3-8 outdoors

(hardy down to -30℉)

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