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Gold pen and 22k gold on Kentucky coffee tree seed pods.


These Kentucky coffee tree seed pods are adorned with drawings in gold of the mature tree’s leaves and flowers. This beautiful tree co-evolved with mega fauna like the woolly mammoth, which had strong enough stomach acid to remove the seed’s hard coating allowing it to germinate when it came out the other end. Today, the tree is difficult to find because there are few ways that process (scarification) is replicated naturally. The Kentucky coffee tree now largely depends on humans (e.g. Tree Pittsburgh nursery staff) to ensure its survival in cities, and for good reason – it’s drought tolerant, adapts well to poor soil, and is disease resistant. To reap its benefits, YOU can scratch its seed on sand paper and plant it.