The straight species of Kentucky Coffeetree produces seed pods with fruit, which are toxic if consumed raw. they can be roasted and brewed into a coffee substitute. However, ‘Espresso’ male selection and will not produce any seed pods.
The bark truly shines in winter. It’s uniquely textured bark is apparent even on young twigs. The cultivar has a more upright vase-shape than its parent plant.
A pure Kentucky Coffeetree (seed pods included) can be viewed at our nursery in Menomonee Falls. If you ever travel to Galena, Illinois, take a walk along the Galena River; on west bank, just north of Hwy 20 W, is a beautiful specimen with gorgeous form.