The Skinny Latte™ Kentuck y cof feetree is a superior selection of a durable and handsome tree native to the midwestern and upper southern United States. Skinny Latte™ was notably selected for its tightly fastigiate branching that forms an attractive and useful columnar tree in the landscape. When young, this tree is just as awkward as any Kentucky coffeetree, but it ages with grace, forming a narrowly fastigiate and columnar habit at maturity with symmetrical and dense branching. Branching is some-what tighter toward the base, resulting in a tapered form from top to bottom. In the spring and summer, the enormous compound leaves composed of many tiny leaflets create a soft texture in the landscape. Its foliage remains green all summer, with no pest or disease issues. Fall color is the glowing gold the species is known for. The coarse and furrowed bark on this columnar selection creates architectural and textural interest in the winter landscape. Since it is a male selection, there is no messy fruit to clean up in the landscape.
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The Skinny Latte® Kentucky coffeetree is a chance seedling selected and clonally propagated by The Morton Arboretum in 1968. Four of the original clones were planted in the arboretum nursery and are the source for all the trees in the market today.
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