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Yew Dell Botanical Gardens horticulture apprentice Nick Kreevich holding the doubly compound leaf of Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioica.)

We all know that Kentucky has a few weirdness genes in its family tree. There’s that oddball commonwealth thing, the giving directions starting from the old Bacon’s building – and don’t even get me started on “Florence Y’all.” And then there’s the saga of our state tree.

Not content to be like every other state, we apparently can’t be happy with just one. There’s the official state tree, tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) and then we have our state heritage tree – the Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioica.) Seems the argument over the two species lasted almost 20 years before a final decision was made in 1994.

But our obligate indecisiveness does not diminish the stellar qualities of this Kentucky native tree.

First the sciencey stuff.

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Kentucky coffee tree is a member of the plant family Fabaceae – the pea family. And all of you will certainly remember that members of the family all have bilaterally symmetrical, perfect flowers and their roots form symbiotic relationships with nitrogen fixing bacteria. Wait, don’t go looking up all that gibberish on Wikipedia because the coffee tree is actually one of those exceptions. It doesn’t fix atmospheric nitrogen and its radially symmetrical male and female flowers are born on separate plants – there are boy coffee trees and girl coffee trees.