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"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   


Kentucky Coffee Tree
(Gymnocladus dioicus)

Donated by Eastern Illinois University
Tree Map Location: # 7

Kentucky Coffee Tree leaf Kentucky Coffee Tree bark Kentucky Coffee Tree twig Kentucky Coffee Tree fruit Kentucky Coffee Tree flower

Leaf: Alternate, bipinnately compound, very large (1 to 3 feet long), with numerous 1 1/2 to 2 inch ovate leaflets, entire margins, green above, slightly paler below.  
Flower: Dioecious; males and females in long (3 to 4 inch) branched clusters, whitish, appearing in late spring.  
Fruit: Reddish brown, flat thickened pod, 3 to 8 inches long, 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide, contains 6 or more dark brown seeds imbedded in a sticky pulp, ripen in late summer.  
Twig: Very stout, light brown with whitish patches, somewhat zigzag or wavy, large heart-shaped leaf scar, salmon colored pith; buds small and sunken.  
Bark: Dark grayish brown, scaly, developing deep fissures with scaly ridges.  
Form: Medium sized tree, with a wide spreading crown, 80 feet tall, 2 feet in diameter  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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