Perkins Pink Yellowwood Tree
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Perkins Pink Yellowwood Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 30-50'
  • Exposure: Sun/Light Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Perkins Pink Yellowwood

Cladrastis lutea 'Perkins Pink'
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Perkins Pink American Yellowwood is a graceful and refined tree that is just as at home on the grounds of grand, formal estates as it is in modest gardens with room for only a few (extra-special) trees. This medium to large ornamental/shade tree casts a dappled shade, and its roots grow deeply, making the area underneath its arching branches a wonderful opportunity for planting up with ferns, hostas, and wildflowers. (Don’t forget a place to sit!) The long chains of fragrant, pale pink flowers in early summer may remind you of Wisteria. Perkins Pink Yellowwood doesn’t bloom every year, but when it does, it paints an unforgettably romantic picture.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 30-50'
  • Exposure: Sun/Light Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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The Story

American Yellowwood is native to many eastern and central U.S. states, though it is rather rare in the wild. In locations where it grew in our nation’s early days, settlers valued the hard wood for gun stocks and used the heartwood to make a yellow dye (hence the name “Yellowwood”). The bark covering Yellowwood Trees is smooth, gray, and beech-like and invites you to touch it. A Yellowwood planted on the grounds of the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts is where this variety came from. Perkins Pink Yellowwood was raised from a seed of that tree and was introduced in the 1930s.

The Details

Although Perkins Pink Yellowwood doesn’t bloom every year, it does have another performance that is more reliable—its fall color. In early autumn, the bright green leaflets turn bright yellow, looking especially luminescent against the slate-gray trunks.

How to Grow

An adaptable and easygoing tree, Perkins Pink Yellowwood deserves wider use. It thrives in full sun and in any type of soil that isn’t wet. Give it regular water while it becomes established; afterwards, it will tolerate dry spells on its own. Be sure to protect the thin bark from string trimmers. One other thing you should know about Yellowwood is that it’s a “bleeder.” Like Birch and Maple, it will ooze sap if you prune it in the winter or spring, so wait until summer to make any cuts. Bleeding doesn’t actually harm the tree, but it can look alarming!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Sun/Light Shade
Avg Mature Height 30-60'
Avg Mature Width 30-50'
Spacing 30-50'
Growth Rate Moderate
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Late Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

8-10' Tall. Grown in our #20 tree container. This is a great tree that you will love in your landscape form the second you plant it. It's pretty big so if you're picking it up yourself, bring a pickup truck.

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