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Cladrastis lutea

Common Name(s):
Yellowwood
Cultivar(s):
'Rosea'
Categories:
Native Plants, Trees
Comment:

Yellowwood is an uncommon native tree with a vase-shaped and dark green foliage that turns a delicate yellow or orange in the fall.  Its smooth light gray bark provides winter interest. Breathtaking, pendulous, foot-long, wisteria-like clusters of fragrant white flowers appear in late spring and early summer, often in alternate years. Transplant in the early spring into thoroughly prepared soil, and water during dry weather until established. Do not prune in late winter or spring. This low maintenance tree withstands urban conditions.

Seasons of Interest:

    Foliage: Fall    Bloom: Late Spring-Early Summer   Bark: Winter

Wildilfe Value: Attracts birds.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No significant insect or disease problems.

Height:
30-45 ft.
Flower:
White, fragrant, pendulous, panicles in early summer; inconsistent flowering from year to year; brown seed pods
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun; well-drained soil; tolerates high pH and dry soil. Its deep roots allow shade-tolerant plants to grow near it.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright; graceful spreading crown with low branches
Exposure:
Full sun
Width:
40-45 ft.
Growth Rate:
Slow
Leaf:
8-12 in. alternate, odd pinnately compound leaf with 7-9 leaflets; yellow fall color
Tags:
urban, deciduous, low maintenance, fall color, birds, fragrant, wildlife, shade tree, fragrant flowers

NCCES plant id: 1962

Cladrastis lutea Leaves
Andrey Zharkikh, CC BY - 4.0
Cladrastis lutea Bark
Romana Klee, CC BY-SA - 4.0
Cladrastis lutea Form and fall color
Romana Klee, CC BY-SA - 4.0