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botanical name:
Caragana microphylla
Caragana microphylla © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Littleleaf Peashrub
family:  Papilionaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 2.50m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: yellow
stem/bark: light brown
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -45°C
USDA zone: 2 to 9
description:
Attractive medium sized, spreading, densely bushy shrub. Pinnate leaves with up to 10 pairs of small elliptic leaflets. Bright yellow pea-like flowers, usually carried in pairs, in late spring. Light brown bark.


cultivation:
Will survive in most soils, even poor and very alkaline ones. Prefers full sun or light shade and a light sandy dry or well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established and resistant to strong winds. Very hardy.
Notably resistant to honey fungus.

propagation:
From Seed, best sown as soon as ripe. Flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by Bees.

Also by half-ripe cutting or layering.

usage:
More ornamental than Caragana arborescens and other species and probably a better garden plant.
Can be trained as hedging.
Used in China to stabilise sandy areas.

other notes:
Native to Siberia, Mongolia and Northern China.
Like other plants of this family, it has the ability to fix nitrogen in the soil by a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria.

pronounced: kar-uh-GAN-uh my-kro-FIL-uh

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