American Yellowwood

Cladrastis kentukea

A good tree, a tree that should do well in Keizer.


Yellowwood is so-named because the freshly-cut heartwood is a muted to brilliant yellow color, and the wood is known to yield a yellow dye. This seldom-used, native, deciduous tree makes a very striking specimen or shade tree, reaches 30 to 50, rarely 75 feet in height, with a broad, rounded canopy, and has a vase-shaped, moderately dense silhouette.


Smooth, grey to brown bark, bright green, pinnately compound, 8 to 12-inch-long leaflets, and a strikingly beautiful display of white, fragrant blossoms.

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