Kentucky Coffeetree

Gymnocladus dioicus

This versatile tree is native to North America. Early pioneers collected its seeds and roasted them as a substitute for coffee, hence the name. Recently, a fruitless variety named 'Espresso’ has been introduced. Native Americans also used the nickel diameter round seeds as game pieces.

Fall colors usually do not impact this tree, but it will sometimes achieve an excellent yellow hue. Its reddish-brown pods hang on throughout the winter. Claims have been made that the seeds in the pods are poisonous. The leaves are bipinnately compound, comprised of 3 to 7 pairs of pinnae (leaflets).


Illustration of Kentucky Coffeetree

Illustration of Kentucky Coffeetree

Source: | Creator: Illustration courtesy City of Urbana View File Details Page

Kentucky Coffeetree

Kentucky Coffeetree

Creator: Crystal Sheu View File Details Page

Tricolor Beech (Fagus stlvatica 'Roseomarginata')

Tricolor Beech (Fagus stlvatica 'Roseomarginata')

Enjoy this Beech on your way to the Serviceberry. | Source: September 30th, 2015 | Creator: Crystal Sheu View File Details Page

Access Information:

This tree can be found on the west side of yard

Street Address:

407 W. Delaware [map]

Cite this Page:

Mike Brunk, “Kentucky Coffeetree,” ExploreCU, accessed June 27, 2017,

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