Scientific Name: Gymnocladus dioicus
Nativity: Central United States
This tree got its name when Kentucky settlers noticed that its seeds resembled coffee berries. They proceeded to use the seeds as a coffee substitute. Soon after, it became a popular wood for use in railroad sleeper cars. Sources disagree about whether the seed pods are poisonous or not. It is thought that perhaps the poisonous compound in the seeds is broken down when heated. However, it is reported that Native Americans used the seed pulp to cure insanity as well as fevers and headaches.
DBH: 3.3 inches