Coffee Tree

Coffee TreeCoffee Tree (Kentucky) Gymnocladus dioicus

This tree is a sight in the dead of winter.  It is known for its rough bark that is deeply furrowed.  As it matures it develops scaly ridges.  Male trees are smaller than the female trees which bear greenish white panicles of flowers followed by bean-like pods through the winter.  The late spring frost will not usually damage this hardy tree because it is one of the last trees to leaf out.  The foliage of this tree is purplish to start with and slowly turns to a dark bluish green in the summer.  The coffee tree makes a great shade tree.  It will grow to 60′ and 50′ wide.