Buy Kentucky Coffee Tree Seeds!

Six Kentucky coffee tree seeds next to pods from the native Ontario tree are recognized as a species at risk.
Kentucky Coffee Tree seeds sourced from Ontario, Canada.

Kentucky Coffee Trees are considered a Species at Risk in Ontario, Canada, where I live. So to do my part, I started offering the Kentucky coffee tree seeds for purchase for 52 cents a seed plus shipping and handling costs, in Canadian dollars.

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The seeds I have are from a native tree here in Hamilton, Ontario, where I live.

My listing is available in the member directory at Seeds of Diversity, a seed saver organization, which recommends selling seeds for CA$ 3.50. Including HST/GST in the price, which I must charge, that lets me sell six seeds in a package for a total of $3.10 before tax.

I plan to offer the Kentucky Coffee Tree for sale on this website, too, in the near future. In the meantime, it is free to join Seeds of Diversity and by registering you can access the online seed listing if you don’t want to wait to buy Kentucky Coffee Tree seeds from me.

Other Kentucky Coffee Tree seed sellers

In comparison, I’ve seen other Canadian online sellers offer Kentucky coffee tree seeds for 80 cents a seed to as much as CA$ 5.35 a seed, plus shipping and handling costs.

I decided on my rate of 50 cents a seed to make them more accessible and hopefully encourage the growth of a larger population in the province.

For now, I think my price is reasonable as it covers the packaging costs to send seeds safely within Canada by mail so they are not damaged.

Kentucky coffee tree seeds are small, hard, and dark brown in color, and are found inside pods on the tree.

The Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus) is so named as it is native to the state of Kentucky in the United States. The tree was used by early settlers and Native Americans in Kentucky as a substitute for coffee, hence the name. Kentucky coffee tree seed can be roasted and ground to produce a caffeine-free beverage that resembles coffee in flavor. However, the seeds are toxic and should not be ingested unless they have been properly prepared.

Germinate Kentucky coffee tree seeds

To germinate Kentucky coffee tree seeds, first, you need to scratch their hard outer shell, which is called scarification, so they will be able to absorb water.

Then soak the seeds in water for 24 hours to soften the seed coats. If scarification is successful, by 24 to 48 hours, the seeds will have bloated and grown noticeably in size. They are now ready to plant.

After soaking, you can plant the seeds in well-draining potting soil, making sure to plant them at a depth of about 1/4 inch. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and place the pot in a warm, sunny location. The seeds should germinate within a few weeks. It’s important to note that Kentucky coffee tree seeds have a low germination rate, so you may need to plant several seeds to increase the chances of success.

No cold stratification is required. Some people say it is, I’ve read online, but I’ve tried without and it’s worked each time so far.

Kentucky coffee trees are native to eastern and central North America, including parts of Canada. The trees are commonly found in the Great Lakes region, as well as in the Mississippi Valley and along the eastern seaboard. In Canada, Kentucky coffee trees are native to Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and parts of the Maritimes. The trees prefer moist, well-drained soils and are often found along riverbanks and in wooded areas.

Kentucky coffee trees are unique in several ways. For one, they are one of the largest native trees in North America, with some specimens reaching heights of up to 100 feet. The trees have a distinctive appearance, with a straight, towering trunk and a rounded crown of leaves. In the fall, the leaves turn yellow before falling off, revealing the tree’s unusual fruit—large, dark brown pods that contain seeds.

Additionally, Kentucky coffee trees have a unique method of seed dispersal. The seeds are toxic to most animals and are not eaten, so the tree has evolved to use a different method of seed dispersal. When the seeds are ripe, the pods split open and the seeds are released. The pods are filled with a sticky, sugary substance that attracts ants, which carry the seeds away and bury them in their nests. This helps to disperse the seeds and ensure the survival of the species.

Finally, Kentucky coffee trees are also unique in their ecological role. The trees are a valuable food source for many species of birds and mammals, and their large size and dense canopy provide a habitat for a wide range of animals. In addition, trees are a key component of many North American forests and play an important role in maintaining the health and diversity of these ecosystems.

Mastodons were prehistoric mammals that lived during the Pleistocene epoch, which ended around 10,000 years ago. They were closely related to elephants and shared many physical and behavioral characteristics with them. Mastodons were herbivores, meaning they ate plants as their primary source of food. They likely ate a wide variety of plants, including trees, shrubs, grasses, and other vegetation.

It is not known for certain whether mastodons ate Kentucky coffee tree seeds. However, given their herbivorous diet and the fact that the seeds were available in the environments where mastodons lived, it is possible that they ate them. It is also possible that other animals, such as birds or small mammals, ate the seeds and dispersed them through their droppings, helping to disperse the trees and ensure their survival.