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Gymnocladus dioicus (L.) K. Koch.
Common Name: KENTUCKY COFFEE-TREE
Coefficient of Conservatism: 9
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt Tree

Gymnocladus dioicus leaves A. A. Reznicek leaves

Rich mesic and floodplain forests. Native as far north as southern Michigan.

Sometimes also planted as a shade tree, but, unlike Gleditsia, does not spread so readily. This has unique leaves, the largest of any native tree, twice-pinnate with entire leaflets, approaching a meter long in vigorous sprouts. The heavy, woody, large-seeded pods, as much as 20 cm long and 5 cm wide, remain on the tree until early spring.

Locations

Berrien County
Eaton County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lenawee County
Macomb County
Monroe County
Ottawa County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 7, 2022. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1304.