Yellowwood

Arbor walk #21

This medium sized shade tree has panicles of sweet smelling flowers in early summer and brilliant yellow leaves in the fall.

Name Yellowwood
Latin Name Cladrastis kentukea
Type Native 
Diameter 12″ dbh
Color of Leaf Dark green, yellow to gold orange fall color
Shape of Leaf Alternate, feather-like: 8″ to 10″ long with 5 to 11 leaflets
Color of Flower White
Shape of Flower Fragrant, 1″ long, pea shaped
Shape of Bark Gray to light brown, smooth, similar to American Beech

The Yellowwood typically grows up to around 30 to 50 feet, with a lifespan under 100 years. Mainly used for decorative purposes, its white flowers hang in clusters in the spring. There are multiple trunks coming off of its main one, making it susceptible to storm damage, so it needs to be pruned and maintained to ensure the tree limbs do not break.

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