Yellow Wood Tree


The city is putting a tree in my yard (city property). I want something small. They suggested a Yellow Wood. Do you recommend this tree for a small space? I read that the fruits are smelly. Is that true?

Thank you,


Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners.

A tree is a long-term commitment, so it is important to make the right decision.

The yellow-wood tree (Cladrastis lutea) is listed in the city brochure as a medium sized tree. The female trees would have white fragrant  flowers and subsequently small, bean-like pods. Its use is described as an excellent small tree for residential lawns, particularly on small properties on a botanical garden site. As a member of the Legume family, the pods would be like a black locust pod. I am not finding information that the pods smell.

Missouri Botanical Garden Description

Perhaps reviewing the tree options the City of Toronto has listed would help you decide if this is the right tree for your home:

Toronto Street Tree Guide

Enjoy choosing!