This woody member of the pea family is covered in pendent panicles of flower alongside the Henslow Walk.
The North American Cladrastis kentukea (or C. lutea) is one of five species of Cladrastis, the others occurring in China and Japan. It can reach 15m in height and has a wide-spreading, rounded crown. The pinnate foliage is approximately 30cm in length, consisting of up to eleven alternate leaflets. The inflorescences are similar to those of the more familiar Wisteria in their drooping habit and pea-like flower, but are white in colour and have a yellow flush at the base of the standard. It is commonly referred to as the yellow wood, taking its name from the yellow colouring of the heart wood. Cladrastis kentukea is a choice specimen for a warm garden.