Gymnocladus dioicus McKBranched – Decaf™ Kentucky Coffeetree

Botanical Name: Gymnocladus dioicus McKBranched

The Decaf Kentucky Coffeetree is a beautiful form of Gymnocladus dioicus. Its graceful leaves, twigs, and branches have a finer texture than the species tree and other cultivars. Gymnocladus dioicus McKBranched is a large, deciduous tree with a beautiful upright, spreading form and a rounded or oval shape. This cultivar has an improved branching habit on juvenile trees, enabling training for enhanced branch structure as they mature. It grows to a height of 50 feet with a spread of 40 feet.

Decaf Kentucky Coffeetree is a male, seedless variety of coffeetree. It was discovered in a growing field in Waterloo, Wisconsin, in 2008. The species tree is found growing naturally in the northeastern United States and in parts of the midwest.

The leaves emerge an attractive caramel golden color in the late spring or early summer – this tree is one of the last trees to leaf out. The foliage is doubly compound and the elegant, elliptically shaped leaves measure a few feet in length. Individual leaflets can measure approximately 6-7 inches long. The foliage is a deep, green color and turns golden yellow in the fall.

The summer flowers hang down in greenish-white panicles. The gray-brown bark has patterned flakey ridges. The attractive bark contributes to the tree’s attractive winter silhouette.

The Decaf Kentucky Coffeetree thrives when planted in full sun. It is tolerant of many different soils and environmental conditions – both wet and dry. This tree will grow well in drought conditions and also tolerates urban pollution. These qualities make it well suited for use as a street and a park tree, as well as planting in xeriscaped landscapes.

No significant pest or diseases.


Height: 50 ft.
Width: 40 ft.
Shape: Round, Oval
Flower Color: Greenish-White
Flowering Time: May-June
Fall Color: Yellow
Features: Vertical accent, coarse textured foliage
Exposure: Full Sun
Watering: Moderate & Regular, Drought tolerant once established
Soil: Prefers rich, moist soils. Tolerant of a wide range of soils conditions and pH including alkaline.
Growth Rate: Moderate
USDA Zones: 3-8
Uses: Street tree, shade tree, lawn tree, urban landscapes, large landscapes, xeriscaping
Similar Trees: Prairie Titan™ Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus ‘J.C. McDaniel’), Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus ‘Espresso-JFS’)

Additional information


Oval, Rounded

Flower Color


Flowering Time

June, May

Fall Color


Growth Rate



Large Landscapes, Lawn Tree, Shade Tree, Street Tree, Urban Landscapes, Xeriscaping

USDA Zones

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Mature Height


Mature Width



Full Sun

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