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Kentucky Coffee Tree

Gymnocladus dioica (L.) K. Koch

Family Fabaceae

This is a native tree in the bean and pea family (Fabaceae). The tree usually grows to about 75 feet high and branches from the main trunk at about fifteen feet from the ground. The tree appears to be "dead" until late in the spring. It has large bipinnate leaves. Some people confuse it with the Honey Locust. Settlers roasted the seeds of the tree in an attempt to have a substitute for coffee. When real coffee became available, they quickly reverted to the real thing.