Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Kentucky Coffeetree - Gymnocladus dioicus   (L.) K. Koch
Members of Fabaceae:
Only member of Gymnocladus in NC.
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Author(L.) K. Koch
DistributionThe only specimens of non-cultivated trees are from Orange County: banks of Eno River, Hillsboro, in 1951; Battle Creek Park, Chapel Hill, in 2006. Specimens from Buncombe and Cherokee counties have no images nor label data, so are not yet mapped. Specimens from Guilford, Lenoir, Mecklenburg, Rowan, and Wake counties are from cultivated trees or persisting trees at homesites and cemeteries.

Native mostly west of the Appalachians.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatMesic woodlands on slopes facing streams.
PhenologyFlowering late April - early June.
IdentificationThe leaves of this fairly large tree are highly distinctive: very large, with alternate or sub-opposite, pinnate leaflets. Greenish white flowers occur in terminal or axillary racemes.
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Global RankG5
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