1. I’d never heard of this one, and thought its name was interesting. One site said early Kentucky settlers noticed the resemblance of its seeds to coffee beans, and that its wood was used in the construction of railway sleeper cars.

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    1. I loved the name as well, and how, in winter when the huge leaves (consisting of a gazillion leaflets) fall the tree itself is really stark – like dead sticks. It’s native to a small section of southwest Ontario (as well as a larger chunk of the U.S.) but has been successfully propagated by seed and now is used as a street and landscape tree throughout southern Ontario. I have two, started from seed; they’re just a few feet tall now but have already added about 10″ this spring.

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