Common name: Kentucky coffeetree
Gymnocladus dioica is a large deciduous tree native to central and eastern North America. A member of the Pea Family (Fabaceae), the seed pods of the Kentucky coffee tree were used by early settlers as a coffee substitute. Caution was required as the seeds are poisonous if not well roasted. Tree of the Month. It has white flowers in early summer, and turns yellow in autumn.
Tree photo by Nasser Halaweh, via Wikimedia Commons
Flower photo by Dimìtar Nàydenov, via Wikimedia Commons
Pod drawing by Alice Lounsberry, Public domain
New growth photo taken in Garden late May 2021
Fall colour photo by Hughie Jones in Garden October 2021