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By The Staff

It is all but official, but the city of Prospect seems to have the largest Kentucky Coffee Tree on record in the state. The tree, at center in picture, sits on a knoll in the Putney Pond preserve. Robert Bean, chief forester with the Kentucky Division of Forestry central office, measured the tree, which stands 105 feet tall, with an average spread of 48 feet and a circumference of 120 inches at 4.5 feet above the ground. The Kentucky Coffee Tree is the state heritage tree and known for a large seed pod. Those seeds historically have been used to brew a hot beverage as a substitute for coffee, Bean said. The wood has a pinkish hue.