Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree #15

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Botanical Name: Gymnocladus Dioicus 'Espresso-JFS'

Cultivar: Espresso-JFS

Brand: J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Other Names: Kentucky Coffee Tree

A stately large shade tree with massive yet delicate compound leaves, a seedless cultivar, rather coarse outline when young and when bare in winter, but very attractive when in leaf, tolerant of adverse growing conditions, for larger landscapes

Plant Categories: Tree, Shade Tree, Deciduous Tree

Water Requirements
Dry, Average, Moist

Sunlight Requirements
Full Sun

Plant Height
50 Feet

Plant Width/Spread
30 Feet


Appropriate For Xeriscape Plantings

Native Plant

Noteworthy Shape

Noteworthy Texture

Interesting Bark

In stock


Growth & Care

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone3b
Growth RateSlow
Recommended Pruning MethodLate Winter Pruning


Foliage TypeDeciduous
Plant FormRound


Flower FragranceUnscented

Additional Categories

Additional CategoryKentucky Coffeetree
Landscape ApplicationShade, Articulation


Planting & Growing

Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 90 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Landscape Attributes

Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its strikingly bold and coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced landscape composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree is recommended for the following landscape applications:

Shade, Vertical Accent

Ornamental Features

Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree is primarily valued in the landscape for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The large bipinnately compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The rough dark brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.