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American Yellowwood

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Plant Information
Common Name American Yellowwood
Botanical Name Cladrastis kentukea
Plant Type Shade
Mature Height 35 to 40 ft
Mature Width 40 to 50 ft
Growth Habit Rounded
Bloom Color Creamy White
Bloom Interest Showy,Fragrant
Bloom Period May
Seasonal Interest Spring, Fall, Winter
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Type Leaves
Fall Color Yellow
Attributes Shade Tree
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
USDA Hardiness Zone 4 to 8
Zoned for KC Region Yes
Water Preference Moist,well-drained
Maintenance Level Low
Cost Moderate
Watering Notes Water deeply if rainfall is less than 1" per week especially for the first 3 years after planting. After roots are established, water deeply in extreme weather situations.
Fertilize Notes According to Missouri Department of Conservation, trees seldom need to be fertilized even when planting. But it may be used to increase growth rates. If the tree is weak or distressed, fertilizer should only be applied sparingly.
Prune Notes Prune in summer to prevent bleeding. Prune out branches that form V-shaped crotches. Retain branches with U-shaped crotches that are 1/2 the diameter or less than the trunk. Trees left unpruned will tend to break apart with age.