TREASURE TREES

#038 Kentucky Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)

Little is known about this Treasure Tree, including whether it still stands. This treasure tree is located on private property with 5 other treasure trees: #042, #046, #048, #049, and #067. The Kentucky Yellowwood is a medium-sized native tree found from North Carolina to Kentucky and even in parts of the Midwest. It has pea-shaped flowers that cascade in 15-inch clusters in the spring. Yellowwoods require regular pruning as they are prone to splitting. An unpruned specimen is unlikely to live past 40 years. It also has thin bark that is easily damaged.

Statistics (1992)

  • Circumference (In.): 95"
  • Height (Ft.): 67'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 52'
  • Total Points: 175

More Information

  • Nominated By: Bill Logan
  • Year Added: 1992
  • Owned By: Wesley and Anne Smith
  • Current condition: Unknown
  • Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
  • Property Type: Private Home
  • Nearest Address: Private Property
  • Ecological Value: The timber from Kentucky Yellowwood was used by the Cherokee Tribe to produce structures and for carving.
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