Kentucky Yellowwood

Common Name: Kentucky Yellowwood

Scientific Name: Cladrastis kentuckea

Family: Fabaceae

Type: Deciduous

Habitat: Meadows, Woodlands

Native: Yes

Height: Up to 50 feet

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Average, Well drained

Description: The Kentucky Yellowwood, which is named after its yellow heartwood, is a native deciduous tree that can be identified by its pinnately compound leaves which are green in the spring and summer and turn yellow in the fall. The Kentucky Yellowwood prefers to grow in meadows or woodlands, in full sun to partly shady conditions and average, well drained soil. These photos of a Kentucky Yellowwood were taken along the Mahan Lane at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.