Cladrastis kentukea  (C. lutea) American yellowwood Fabaceae CLLU(*); Bx, vc, wv; NY, iw;

Cladrastis kentukea tree. By Steven Baskauf. Copyright © 2018 CC-BY-NC-SA. Bioimages - www.cas.vanderbilt.edu

Cladrastis kentukea tree. By Steven Baskauf. Copyright © 2018 CC-BY-NC-SA. Bioimages – www.cas.vanderbilt.edu (Accessed 1/2018).

Cladrastis kentukea is a tree to 15 m tall, often multi-stemmed, bark smooth, gray, shallowly grooved (Petrides 1988). 

Cladrastis kentukea leaf. by Paul Wray, Iowa State University, Bugwood.org. licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License. forestryimages.org

Cladrastis kentukea leaf. by Paul Wray, Iowa State University, Bugwood.org. licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License. forestryimages.org (Accessed 1/2018).

Leaves alternate, pinnately compound leaflets 6-9, alternate along midrib, broadly egg-shaped, to 13 cm long. 

 

Cladrastis kentukea flowers. By Steven Baskauf. Copyright © 2018 CC-BY-NC-SA. Bioimages. www.cas.vanderbilt.edu

Cladrastis kentukea flowers. By Steven Baskauf. Copyright © 2018 CC-BY-NC-SA. Bioimages. www.cas.vanderbilt.edu (Accessed 1/2018).

Flowers white, fragrant, irregular, in showy drooping clusters to 30 cm; blooms May-June.  

Fruit a narrow, dry, thin pod 7-10 cm long, with 3-6 seeds (Rehder 1990). Sept.-Oct.

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in New York City: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native to the region around Kentucky. 

Habitat: Rarely escaping from cultivation but sometimes planted in natural areas.