Taxon: Cladrastis kentukea (Dum. Cours.) Rudd

Genus: Cladrastis
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
  Subfamily: Faboideae
      Tribe: Sophoreae
Nomen number: 50020
Place of publication: Phytologia 21:327. 1971 "kentuckea"
Name Verified on: 05-May-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 05-May-2010
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 8 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard, as C. lutea)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, - Missouri, - Oklahoma
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Indiana
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, - Arkansas, - Georgia, - Kentucky, - North Carolina, - South Carolina, - Tennessee

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin). 2009 (Vara kulturvaxt namn)
  • Andrews, S. 1999. Notes from the RHS Nomenclature Panel: 2. Cladrastis kentukea, the correct name for C. lutea, the yellowwood (New Plantsman) 6:99-100.
  • Duly, M. L. & M. A. Vincent 2003. A synopsis of the genus Cladrastis (Leguminosae) (Rhodora) 105:221-226.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 16. Auflage. 2000 (Zander ed16)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage. 2002 (Zander ed17)
  • Isely, D. 1981. Leguminosae of the United States. III. Subfamily Papilionoideae: tribes Sophoreae, Podalyrieae, and Loteae Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 25(3):21.
  • Little, E. L., Jr. Checklist of United States trees, Agric. Handb. 541. 1979 (Trees US)
  • Meyer, F. G. et al. A catalog of cultivated woody plants of the southeastern United States. 1994 (L CultWPl SE US)
  • Radford, A. E. et al., eds. Vascular flora of the southeastern United States. 1980- (F SE US)
  • Robertson, K. R. 1977. Cladrastis: the yellow-woods Arnoldia (Jamaica Plain) 37:137-150.
  • Spongberg, S. A. & J.-S. Ma 1997. Cladrastis (Leguminosae subfamily Faboideae tribe Sophoreae): a historic and taxonomic overview Int. Dendrol. Soc. Year Book 27-35.
  • Walters, S. M. et al., eds. European garden flora. 1986- (Eur Gard F)
  • Yakovlev, G. P. 1975. Rody triby Sophoreae (Bronn) DC. (sem. Fabaceae) flory SSR (Tribus Sophoreae (Bronn) DC. (Fabaceae) genera florae URSS) Novosti Sist. Vyssh. Rast. 12:227.


Check other web resources for Cladrastis kentukea (Dum. Cours.) Rudd :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Cladrastis kentukea cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Fruit: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image