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A mature Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree planted in home landscape in full green leaf
A closeup of the Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree teardrop-shaped leaves in golden-yellow fall color with pink-red stems
A closeup of the Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree deep green almond-shaped leaves on the branches
A container grown Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree on a white background
A mature Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree planted in home landscape in full green leaf
A closeup of the Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree teardrop-shaped leaves in golden-yellow fall color with pink-red stems
A closeup of the Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree deep green almond-shaped leaves on the branches
A container grown Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree on a white background



  • A large, vase-shaped shade tree with flaking bark that brings a tropical vibe to your landscape
  • Green leaflets turn a vibrant yellow color in fall while the stems take on hot pink tones 
  • A selection of our native Kentucky Coffeetree, chosen as a male selection - re: NO messy seeds
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 60-80' tall
  • Mature Width: 40-55' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 40-50' apart

Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Gymnocladus dioicus 'Espresso-JFS'

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Why plant Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree?

We’re excited about this tree, and it’s not just the caffeine talking. Espresso™ Kentucky Coffee Tree is a regal shade tree that projects a commanding presence. It will rise up tall and proud in your landscape, eventually developing a vase-like shape. Its chunky limbs and rugged, flaky bark paint a bold picture, but its delicate leaflets provide a satisfying contrast of textures. Espresso’s small leaflets also allow a fair amount of light to pass through the canopy, making it easy for you to grow lawn, wildflowers, or perennials underneath the tree. If you have the room, this underused but distinguished tree is a worthy addition to your landscape.

Coffee anyone? The Kentucky Coffee Tree gives off a tropical vibe, though it’s native to the U.S. This majestic tree is found throughout the lower Midwest, but only in isolated patches. It gets its name from the fact that settlers used to roast and grind its seeds to make a coffee substitute. The roasting was an important step, because the seeds are toxic if eaten raw. It’s doubtful that the Coffee Tree drink tasted any good, because once the settlers had access to the real thing, they never made it again. The Espresso™ Coffee Tree was selected at J. Frank Schmidt Nursery in Boring, Oregon. It’s a male variety, so it doesn’t produce seeds (or messy seed pods) at all.

How to use Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree in the landscape?

The Espresso™ Coffee Tree is one of the last trees to leaf out in the spring, so be patient! When the foliage does emerge, it’s a bright pink color, maturing to a cool blue-green. In fall, the leaflets turn a wonderful radiant yellow, while the leaf stems take on hot pink tones.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree

Looking for an easy-to-please shade tree? The Espresso™ Coffee Tree is simple to grow and forgiving of harsh conditions. Give it a site in full sun. Deep, loamy soils on the alkaline side suit it best, but this tree tolerates poor soil. Irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System to help your tree get off to a strong start. Once established, Espresso™ will be quite drought tolerant. It can also handle extreme heat and humidity, winter lows to -30°F, de-icing salts, and air pollution! Coffee Trees have no major pest or disease issues to worry about.

How To Water

Water regularly after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities.

How To Fertilize

During fall, feed your Kentucky Coffeetree Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years - this will give your tree all the nutrients it needs.

How To Prune

Young trees will have very little branching, and no pruning will be needed; however, suckers may appear from the roots from time to time and should be pulled out.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zones: 4-8


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

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- Phone: 866-873-3888

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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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