Our staff often field questions about the species and natural habitat of Canada’s Deep South. There are lots of great questions, so we thought we would share some of the answers…
Where is the Shetland Kentucky Coffee Tree Woods? I don’t know that I have seen a Kentucky Coffee Tree.
About the Shetland Kentucky Coffee Tree Woods, this information is available on the Carolinian Canada web site:
"Though small (4 ha), this privately owned site in Euphemia Township, east of Shetland, has one of the most unusual stands of Carolinian forest in Ontario. In the rich, moist bottomland forest, along the banks of Haggerty Creek, the province's largest remaining population of Kentucky Coffee-Tree thrives -- the only known woodland in Canada where this tree is the leading dominant -- here comprising almost half of the canopy."
Since the Shetland Kentucky Coffee-tree Woods is private land, the public is not permitted to access it. However, there are public lands, such as Point Pelee National Park, where you could see Kentucky Coffee-Tree growing in a natural setting (although the Pelee trees were originally planted). It is quite commonly planted as an ornamental tree (I live in Stratford and there are many planted Kentucky Coffee-trees in the city parks here).
You can find out much more about Kentucky Coffee-tree by downloading the federal recovery strategy for this threatened species:
Kentucky Coffee-tree - Gymnocladus dioicus - Federal Recovery Strategy (pdf)
Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy Series Recovery Strategy for the Kentucky Coffee-tree (Gymnocladus dioicus) in Canada Kentucky Coffee-tree
Thanks for your question!