Memorial Union Trail

Kentucky Coffeetree  –  Gymnocladus dioicus

gold line

This large tree has huge compound leaves with small leaflets that, during the summer, give the tree a

lacy appearance. In winter, without its leaves, the tree’s thick twigs produce a coarse silhouette.

Its seeds are sometimes used as a coffee substitute; it is believed roasting them neutralizes toxins

they contain.

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