|Grid reference||ST 19432 78140|
|Common name||Kentucky coffee tree|
|Alternative name||Gymnocladus canadensis|
|Origin||East and Central USA|
|Height||13M 1988 (R & V Smith)|
|Height||15M February 2015|
|Girth||117cm 1988 (R & V Smith)|
|Girth||158cm February 2015|
|Tree removed due to splitting limbs||End of 2017|
This tree is located opposite Alma Road.
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".