Cladrastis kentukea 'Perkins Pink' ('Rosea')

American Yellowwood

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune in summer when sap stops running.  Early pruning on young trees will improve the structure of the tree.  Susceptible to limb breakage.

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The graceful, almost delicate form will be the focal point of the landscape with its fragrant flowers, rich green leaves, fall color and smooth gray bark.

  • Pink-flowered form of Yellowwood
  • Difficult to find
  • Golden yellow fall foliage

A tree best planted where it can be protected from strong winds or where there is limited space in the landscape.  Best in eastern or central Kansas.

Height: 30-50 ft
Spread: 35-40 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: Pink

Interesting Notes about American Yellowwood:

This tree is popular for its showy and sweet-smelling flowers, but it is best to plan for a long wait since it takes several years for it to bloom.  Once it starts flowering the bees will arrive because the nectar is particularly delicious.  The leaves are a great contrast to dark green foliages of neighboring trees, but are subject to scorch if allowed to go dry for too long.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Fragrant
  • Winter Interest
  • Fall Color
  • Specimen
  • Mass Planting
  • Focal Point
  • Attractive fruit
  • Great Foliage
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Naturalizing

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Yellow


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Pollinators


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Moist, Well-Drained