Gymnocladus dioica at Roath Brook Gardens

Gymnocladus dioica 0

Gymnocladus dioica
February 2015

Gymnocladus dioica 1

Gymnocladus dioica
early June 2015

Gymnocladus dioica 2

Gymnocladus dioica
early September 2015

Gymnocladus dioica 3

Gymnocladus dioica
late September 2015

Grid reference ST 19432 78140
Common name Kentucky coffee tree
Alternative name Gymnocladus canadensis
Origin East and Central USA
Deciduous Yes
Height 13M 1988 (R & V Smith)
Height 15M February 2015
Girth 117cm 1988 (R & V Smith)
Girth 158cm February 2015
Reference 61
Tree removed due to splitting limbs End of 2017

This tree is located opposite Alma Road.

Gymnocladus dioica bark

Gymnocladus dioica bark
May 2015

Gymnocladus dioica foliage

Gymnocladus dioica foliage
early September 2015

General tree description

Gymnocladus dioica can grow to a height of 20 metres in its native habitat, though a little less in Great Britain. It has an open shape and appears very sparse in winter. Its bark is grey-brown and scaly, often with prominent narrow ridges. It has large bi-pinnate leaves (up to one metre long with as many as 140 leaflets), which are pink when they first unfold, maturing to bright green above and pale green underneath. In autumn they turn a bright yellow. The leaflets are ovate, 5 to 6cm long, with serrated edges. Greenish-white flowers come in June but this tree rarely flowers in Britain. The fruit is a dark reddish brown legume, 15 to 25cm long.

This tree is not common and is described in the Tree Register as "very occasional where summers are fairly warm".