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


Cladrastis kentukea.Steve (Accessed 7/2014).

Cladrastis kentukea.Steve (Accessed 7/2014).

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

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

Flowers white, fragrant, irregular, in showy drooping clusters to 30 cm; blooms May-June. Fruit dry pods to 10 cm, 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.