Cladrastis Kentukea (American or Kentucky Yellowwood)

Zone 4, white fragrant flowers

Our current inventory of Cladrastis Kentukea (American Yellowwood or Kentucky Yellowwood) is presented below by three (3) available sizes along with their individual wholesale price (cost varies per size and quantity).


   Tree Form:                        
  2.0" (inches) ... $ 140.00            
  2.5" (inches) ... $ 170.00            
  3.0" (inches) ... $ 200.00             




The Cladrastis Kentukea is commonly known as the American Yellowwood or Kentucky Yellowwood.
It is a species of Cladrastis native to the southeastern United States, with a restricted range from western North Carolina west to eastern Oklahoma, and from southern Missouri and Indiana south to central Alabama. Also sometimes called Virgilia.

The American Yellowwood is a medium-sized flowering tree. The fragrant 1 to 1.5 inch white flowers found on 8 to 14 inch pendulous panicles are a delight in May. The leaves are alternate, odd-pinnately compound.

The bright yellow beacon of the yellowwood in the gray fall-winter scene found in most woodlands and gardens is a wonderful sight, especially when back- or side-lighted.The infrequently found Kentucky native woody tree is tolerant of a wide variety of Kentucky environs. More common to the acid soils of eastern Kentucky it can also be found on the alkaline soils of southernedge of the coalfield area.

One of the rarest trees of eastern North America. Found principally on the limestone cliffs of Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina, but it is hardy at the north. It is widely grown as an ornamental tree for its attractive flowers, and is locally naturalized in many areas of the eastern United States outside of its restricted native range.

The American Yellowwood is recommended as really one of the best medium sized trees for cultivation. The only objections that is mentioned is a tendency of the trunk to divide very near the ground.

The name yellowwood derives from its yellow heartwood, used in small amounts for specialist furniture, gunstocks and decorative woodturning.


Scientific Classification

Kingdom:    Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Sophoreae
Genus: Cladrastis
Species: Cladrastis Kentukea