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Cladrastis kentukea | Yellowwood

Yellowwood is a small tree, with yellow wood on the inside of the bark. The outside is very light gray. It has zero pest problems and is native. It’s pretty bloom racines dangle in late May when not much else is blooming. This versitile tree can even be good neighbors with black walnuts. It’s an unusual (underused) choice. The very simple folliage is a lot like Kerria japonica, and can be id’d because it is alternate while K. japonica is opposite.