Cladrastis kentukea, also known as Kentucky yellowwood, is a species of flowering tree in the Fabaceae family. It is native to the southeastern United States, including parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia.
The Kentucky yellowwood can grow up to 50 feet tall and has a spread of around 30 feet. It has smooth gray bark and produces compound leaves that are made up of several oval-shaped leaflets. In the spring, the tree produces clusters of fragrant white flowers that resemble wisteria blooms. The flowers are followed by long, flat seed pods that contain several seeds.
The Kentucky yellowwood is a popular ornamental tree, valued for its attractive foliage, showy flowers, and overall hardiness. It is often used as a shade tree, and it can also be planted as a specimen or accent tree. The tree prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.
The wood of the Kentucky yellowwood is strong and durable, and it has been used for a variety of purposes, including furniture-making, flooring, and tool handles. The tree has also been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including fever and dy