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Caragana x sophorifolia
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common name: Siberian pea tree
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -45°C
USDA zone: 2 to 9
Spreading shrub or small bushy tree with pinnate leaves of 8 to 10 elliptic leaflets. Pea like yellow flowers in late spring.
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.
From Seed, best sown as soon as ripe. Flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by Bees.
Also by half-ripe cutting or layering.
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.
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.