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Kentucky Coffeetree/ Espresso

  • Grows into a vase shape due to upward arching branches
  • A male cultivar so the flowers are smaller, but no seed pods are produced
  • Adaptable to city conditions, drought, and alkali soil
  • Slightly smaller than the species
Scientific Name:
Gymnocladus dioicus 'Espresso-JFS'
Zone: 4
Mature Height: 40-50'
Mature Spread: 30-35'
Type: Shade
Size: Large
Bloom Time: Spring
Fruiting: None
Flower Color:
White, Green
Fall Color:
Yellow
Attributes:
Full Sun
Full Sun
Semi-Shade
Semi-Shade
Low Water
Low Water
Pollinator
Pollinator
Additional Information:

Unique Features: The Kentucky Coffeetree is an extremely adaptable and durable tree. It is able to tolerate most types of soil (including our high pH alkaline soil), wet or dry conditions, and temperatures down to -30 degrees. It also has few disease or insect problems. The doubly compound leaves can be 3’ long and 2’ wide, emerging late and dropping early. This variety was propagated from a male tree so there are no seed pods, but that also means smaller flowers which are usually hidden by the large leaves. ‘Gymnocladus’ means ‘naked branches’ and Coffeetrees present a clean and clear silhouette, albeit somewhat stark, against the winter sky and snow. The Espresso will benefit from some early pruning to establish more branching, especially if you are starting with a young tree.  This tree is approved by the Town of Parker.

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Kentucky Coffeetree/ Espresso

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Scientific Name: Gymnocladus dioicus 'Espresso-JFS'
  • Grows into a vase shape due to upward arching branches
  • A male cultivar so the flowers are smaller, but no seed pods are produced
  • Adaptable to city conditions, drought, and alkali soil
  • Slightly smaller than the species
Zone: 4
Mature Height: 40-50'
Mature Spread: 30-35'
Bloom: Spring
Fruiting: None
Flower Color:
White, Green
Fall Color:
Yellow
Attributes:
Full Sun
Full Sun
Semi-Shade
Semi-Shade
Low Water
Low Water
Pollinator
Pollinator