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Cladrastis lutea

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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Native to South-eastern North America, Cladrastis lutea (or kentukea) has lovely wisteria-like white, fragrant flowers, touched with yellow at the center in early summer. The pinnate (feather-like) leaves are pale green in spring and summer, turning warm, butter yellow in autumn before falling.

Cladrastis lutea is an unusual and handsome tree best suited for a sunny position.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (40 - 60 cm tall)

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Cladrastis lutea | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Cladrastis lutea | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Cladrastis lutea | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun.
Soil: Fertile, well-drained soils. Tolerant of dry soil conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy. This plant will grow best in an area sheltered from strong winds and late frosts, as these can damage the emerging flower buds.
Flowering Period: June.
Flower Colour: White
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Small tree with an upright; graceful spreading crown once established.
Height: up to 10 m (32 ft)
Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
Notes: This plant is also known as Cladrastis kentukea.

Plant Finder: about Cladrastis lutea

Common names

Yellow wood, American yellow wood, Kentucky yellow wood


Cladrastis lutea (Yellow wood). This is a very hardy beautiful spreading, deciduous tree. The leaves are green and veined; they are obovate to ovate. The flowers are decorative and fragrant, the blooms are white, yellow, green, pink and will appear in mid spring to early summer.


They are fully hardy and will require full sun with fertile well drained soil.

Interest and use

Specimen with good autumn colour.

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  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Fertile, Light, Medium

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