The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section IV. Deciduous Ornamental Trees

Beauty of Kentucky Coffee tree

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When in full foliage, this is a very beautiful tree. The whole leaf, doubly compound and composed of a great number of bluish-green leaflets, is generally three feet long, and of two-thirds that width on thrifty trees; and the whole foliage hangs in a well-rounded mass, that would look almost too heavy, were it not lightened in effect by the loose, tufted appearance of each individual leaf. The flowers, which are white, are borne in loose spikes, in the beginning of summer; and are succeeded by ample brown pods, flat and somewhat curved, which contain six or seven large grey seeds, imbedded in a sweet pulpy substance. As the genus is diワcious, it is necessary that both sexes of this tree should be growing near each other, in order to produce seed.