Cladrastis kentukea (lutea)

Yellowwood (American Yellowwood)

Categories: Trees

This tree prefers deep, moist, fertile, well-drained loam or moist sandy soil with a medium acid pH. It is hardy in Zones 4 to 8. It will tolerate both high pH and acidicsoils. Although it flowers best in full sun, yellowwood does well growing in slightly shaded areas.

More About Cladrastis kentukea (lutea)

  • leaf color is bright green, almost with a tinge of blue
  • white, pea-like flowers
  • name yellowwood comes from the yellow heartwood

Yellowwood is thought to be our best medium-sized ,native flowering tree. Its white, fragrant, pea-like flowers hang in 15-inch-long clusters in spring, and, in some years, the tree offers attractive yellow fall foliage.

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30-40 ft


15-25 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Cladrastis kentukea (lutea) Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Small / Miniature
  • Interesting Bark
  • Specimen


  • Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Flower Color

  • White


  • Vase-like
  • Spreading