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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones


    This large, suckering tree produces fragrant showy flowers, followed by a bean-like seedpod and was used in times of scarcity to make a coffee-like beverage. The seeds are very toxic before roasting and should never be eaten raw.

    Latin Name

    Gymnocladus dioicus


    Family

    Fabaceae


    Type of Plant

    Tree

    Bloom Season

    May - June


    Seasons

    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 80'
    Max Spread: 55'

    Uses

  • Shade Tree
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tollerances

  • Air Pollution
  • Drought

  • Toxicity

    Do not ingest

    Colors


    Native Range

    Eastern and Central North America


    History

    The Marquis de Lafayette wrote to Washington to request seeds of the coffee tree for use in the garden of the French King.


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

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