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brown & green
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -30°C
USDA zone: 2 to 8
Medium sized, spreading, spiny shrub with an open habit and arching branches. Young shoots are softly downy and tinged pink, developing pinnate leaves with small oval, green leaflets. Yellow flowers, flushed green, produced in twos or threes in late spring, becoming red tinted with age. Yellowish-brown seed pods in autumn.
Will survive in most soils, even poor and very alkaline ones. Prefers full sun and a light sandy dry or well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established and notably resistant to wind.
From Seed, best sown as soon as ripe. Flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by Bees. Also by half-ripe cutting or layering.
The seeds and young seed pods are edible and very nutritious. When cooked they have a bland, pea-like taste. The young pods can be cooked and eaten whole.
Like other plants of this family, it has the ability to fix nitrogen in the soil by a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria.
Native to China and other parts of Eastern Asia.