The Kentucky Coffee tree, Gymnocladus dioicus, is a tree native to the midwest of North America. Native Americans and early American settlers, especially those in the Kentucky territory, roasted and ground the seeds to brew a coffee-like beverage (albeit no caffeine), hence the common name.
The Kentucky Coffee Tree is a moderately fast-growing tree and the trees are often grown in parks and along city streets for ornamental purposes. The tree is typically long-lived, healthy trees living from 100 to 150 years. Zone 3-8. Also used for bonsai.
Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates poorer soils and drought. Also adapts well to urban conditions. Zone 3-8. Also used for Bonsai.