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Old 05-21-2007, 08:06 PM
 
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If you're in a part of the country that is suitable for growing the Kentucky Coffee Bean tree you should seriously consider it.

Heck, if you're looking for a tree that has no diseases that attack it, no insect problems, grows at a medium rate, and is a beautiful tree, the look into one.

http://tinyurl.com/22q54r (broken link)

We have one in our back yard in Zone 4/5 and it's doing very well. As the article states it can be a messy tree, mainly in the fall when the compound leaves drop and leave narrow, woody twigs a foot long or so all over. Easy to clean up in the spring.

It's a good solar tree as it loses all but the main branches in the fall, letting a lot of sunlight through. Heavy shade in the summer, though.

Ours is on the south side past 4 large windows and blocks little or no sun in the winter, yet shades our deck in the summer.

To us the tree looks tropical. Don't know how else to describe it.

Here's a trick we learned when we planted this tree. Our tree just sat there for a couple of years and someone told us this.

After the tree is in the ground buy fruit tree fertilizer stakes and break them in half. Place them 12 " outside the planting hole 12" apart. This draws the roots out of the hole. I did this for two years and the tree really started to grow! We've used this on other plants and it works every time.

We love our Kentucky Coffee Bean and thought others should know about them, too.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:10 PM
 
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Does this tree grow as quickly as the Ash?
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:14 PM
 
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No. Ours has been in 15 years and is about 30 feet tall, though. The lack of problems outweigh the lack of growth rate for us.

We have been having our Ash tree treated for gall (what a mess!) and it's finally coming out of it. Just in time for that beetle or whatever it is to come through and kill it.

Lovely.
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:14 PM
 
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The broken link in the first post.

https://www.treehelp.com/kentucky-coffee-tree/

11 years. Been here a while.
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