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 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.