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Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree

The silver linden is no longer available this year due to problems with production. Participants who reserved the silver linden will be offered the Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree as a replacement species. For more information about this, contact TreesForNeighborhoods@Seattle.gov or call (206) 684-3979.

Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree

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Scientific Name: Gymnocladus dioicus ‘Espresso-JFS’

Under Power Lines:

Street Tree Planting:
Yes – minimum planting strip width of 6 feet. If planting a street tree you must be approved for a permit.

A fast growing oval-shaped tree with arching upright branches. It has doubly compound leaves that are bluish-green and turn into a vibrant yellow in fall. This particular cultivar is seedless and is very adaptable to urban conditions.

Mature Height:
50 feet

Mature Spread:
30 feet

Large doubly compound leaves that are bluish-green and turn into vibrant yellow in the fall. It's doubly compound leaves give this tree a tropical look.


Seedless cultivar

Cultural Notes:
Very adaptable urban tree and does well in heat, drought, and cold.

Potential Problems:
Very few insect or disease problems.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

More Information:

Contact us at treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov or 206-615-1668 if you have questions about your tree selection.

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