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Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)

Medium-sized trees

Yellowwood
Yellowwood
  • Maximum height
    40 feet
  • Relative growth rate
    Poor
  • Freedom from insect pests
    Excellent
  • Freedom from disease problems
    Excellent
  • Resistance to storm damage
    Good
  • Will grow on poorly drained soil
    Poor
  • Will grow in hot, dry areas
    Good
  • Easy to transplant
    Poor
  • Withstands city conditions
    Good
Yellowwood

The most distinctive feature of the yellowwood is its pendulous clusters of white, fragrant, wisteria-like flowers. The tree may not bloom every year, but the clean foliage and rounded form of this tree would make it worthwhile to plant if it never bloomed. The yellowwood has no serious disease or insect problems.


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