Kentucky Coffee Tree 'Stately Manor'

Gymnocladus dioica

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gymnocladus (jim-no-KLAD-us) (Info)
Species: dioica (dy-oh-EE-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Stately Manor



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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over 40 ft. (12 m)


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Pompano Beach, Florida

Minneapolis, Minnesota(2 reports)

Fairport, New York

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 16, 2012, treelover3 from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 5a) wrote:

I'm listing this review as neutral because this is more a post about the availability of the 'Stately Manor' Kentucky coffee tree than an experience with this particular cultivar (no one actually has experience with this particular cultivar since the tree has never been released to the public).

Gymnocladus is a excellent landscape tree, however, and should be planted much more often that it is.

Just so folks know, Gymnocladus dioicus (dioica) 'Stately Manor' is not available to the public and has not ever been released to the public by the University of MN. The U of M has this tree listed as being released in 2002, but this is completely false and is a black mark against the U of M for not cleaning up false information from their web pages.

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On May 23, 2007, redqid from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Stately Manor is a male cultivar so no seed pods. Was introduced in 2002 by the University of Minnesota. Obviously Minnesota hardy. I have only seen this cultivar at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. It was midsummer and it had a nice shape and very nice foliage. A really good looking tree.


On Jul 9, 2005, gonedutch from Fairport, NY wrote:

Gymnocladus dioicus has many qualities going for it: great exotic-looking foliage and branching, fast growth, and a great seed-pod to boot. The large, shiny, purple-brown pod remains on the tree throughout the winter months, providing winter interest to the garden. The bean seeds in the pod readily germinate after planting them about 1-2 inches deep

Occasionally the tree is used here, in upstate NY, as a street tree which indicates that it must be salt-tolerant and generally pretty robust.