This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Kentucky coffee tree, Kentucky coffeetree
- Poisonous Plants, Trees
Select male plants to avoid seed pods; good dependable city tree; slow to moderate grower; brittle wood and rough bark; drought and air pollution tolerant
Compare this species to: Gleditsia tricanthos
- 60-75 ft.
- Flowers are small, 5-parted, in a large terminal cluster; on female trees fruit a flat black to brown seed pod with 4-7 seeds with a sticky pulp between them
- Sun; moist, well-drained soil but tolerates a range of soil types
- Medium to coarse
- Horizontal; ascending branching; irregular; open
- Landscape as cultivated landscape and street tree.
- Poison Part:
- In fruit, pulp between the seeds, mistaken for the sweet, non-toxic pulp of the honey locust
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, irregular pulse, coma
- EDIBLE PARTS: Seeds, roasted and ground, can be used as a substitute for coffee; does not have caffeine
- Toxic Principle:
- Alkaloid cytisine.
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
- Found in:
- Landscape as cultivated landscape and street tree
- 40-50 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Slow to moderate
- 3-6 in. alternate bipinnately compound leaves; late to leaf out; fall color is not showy
NCCES plant id: 1060