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botanical name:
Caragana x sophorifolia
Caragana x sophorifolia © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Siberian pea tree
family:  Papilionaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 4.00m
width: 4.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: yellow
main season: Spring
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -45°C
USDA zone: 2 to 9
description:
Spreading shrub or small bushy tree with pinnate leaves of 8 to 10 elliptic leaflets. Pea like yellow flowers in late spring.


cultivation:
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 resistant to strong winds.
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:
Although small, the seeds are edible and very nutritious. When cooked they have a bland, pea-like taste. The young pods can be cooked and eaten whole.

other notes:
Hybrid of Caragana arborescens x Caragana microphylla.
Like other plants of this family, it has the ability to fix nitrogen in the soil by a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria.

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