Yellowwood

Cladrastis kentuckea

Yellowwood: Form - Click for larger image
  • Family: Leguminosae

  • Medium-sized tree

  • Short trunk with spreading branches and broad crown

  • Height up to 15m (50’)

Leaves
Twigs & Fruiting Structures
Bark
Distribution and Uses

Leaves

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Yellowwood: Leaf - Click for larger image
Yellowwood: Stipule - Click for larger image

Twigs & Fruiting Structures

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Bark

  • Smooth and grey; thin and looks like beech bark

  • Wood is yellow; browns when exposed

Distribution & Uses

  • Inhabit rich, moist soils like limestone cliffs, stream banks, and mountain valleys

  • Distribution includes Virginia, North Carolina, and from Georgia west to Oklahoma; also parts of Southwest and New England

  • Bark a source of yellow dye

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Yellowwood: Bark - Click for larger image