Apr. 2, 2018

Kentucky coffeetree, Gymnocladus dioicus

Rounding out the variety of flowers in the pea family are the radially symetrical Kentucky coffeetree blooms. At first glance they also appear to have too many petals, but the five in back are sepals. Kentucky coffeetree flowers are not often seen. They're way up there in the tree, and they don't bloom every year, at least in the northern part of their range. These are only about two thirds inch across, and not very colorful, but the fuzz certainly adds interest. Kentucky coffeetree grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NY(E), OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, and ON(T). Lenawee Co MI, 6/3/16.