Decaf Kentucky Coffee Tree

Gymnocladus dioica ‘McKBranched’

A fast growing oval-shaped tree with arching upright branches. The doubly compound leaves give the tree a lacey, tropical look in the summer which is in stark contrast to the rugged look this tree presents in the winter. This cultivar is seedless and has a finer texture with better branching habit than the species.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 8 feet

Mature Height: 50 feet

Mature Spread: 40 feet

Where to Plant: 
Great shade tree for your yard or a planting strip without overhead high voltage wires.

Large doubly compound leaves emerge caramel colored, turn bluish-green in summer and then vibrant yellow in the fall.

Male flowers are greenish-white and insignificant.

Seedless cultivar

Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun. Very adaptable urban tree that is tolerant of heat, drought, and a wide variety of soils once established.

Potential Problems:
No serious insect or disease problems.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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