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. 

Gymnocladus dioicus ‘McKBranched’ 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 Decaf Kentucky Coffeetree is one of the last trees to leaf out in late spring. The leaves emerge an attractive caramel golden color in the late spring or early summer. 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. The foliage turns golden yellow in the fall. The Decaf Kentucky Coffeetree grows to a height of 50 feet with a spread of 40 feet.

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 – 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: Gymnocladus dioicus 'Espresso-JFS' (Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree), Gymnocladus dioicus 'J.C. McDaniel' (Prairie Titan™ Kentucky Coffeetree)