A medium size shade tree with large pendulous white flowers.
Soil & Site
best in the cooler end of its hardiness zones
white, dripping with nectar, born on drooping pendulous panicles
flat seed pods, flat hard coated seeds
opens bright yellowish green changing to bright green, yellow in fall, pinnately compound, alternate
bark light gray, smooth
30-50 by 40-55 feet (HS)
to avoid bleeding pruning should be done in the early summer not spring
seeds have dormancy
"Genus name comes from the Greek klados meaning branch and thraustos meaning fragile for the brittle twigs. Specific epithet means of Kentucky.
The wood of this tree contains a yellow dye that distinctively colors the heartwood and gives rise to the common name of yellowwood". (#144)
Have only seen this plant a few times when in bloom. Very impressive at this time.
Notes & Reference
#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr), #245-Trees for American Gardens (Donald Wyman), #144-Missouri Botanical Gardens web site (www.missouribotanicalgarden.org)