Gymnocladus dioica
Kentucky coffee tree

Fabaceae (pea family)
Cental and Eastern US

A deciduous tree with leaves 1½ to 3 feet long divided into 1- to 3-inch-long leaflets. A single specimen, about 50 feet tall but leaning dramatically, is in the greenbelt between San Francisquito Creek and Sand Hill Road, about 100 yards toward El Camino Real from London Plane Way and 25 yards in from the bike path.

Name derivation: Gymnocladus – Greek gymnos (naked) and klados (branch), the branches are stout, without any small twigs; dioica – dioecious = male and female flowers on separate plants.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.