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.