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Sophora davidii

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height1.75m to 2.25m
  • Spread2m to 3m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourPurple-white
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Sophora davidii. This is a bushy or spreading deciduous shrub with pinnate leaves and oval grey-green leaflets. In late spring and early summer produces terminal racemes of small pea-like, purplish white flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Origin

China

Interest and use

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

These are generally adaptable plants that thrive under a wide range of conditions. They will prefer moist, well-drained soil in sun or partial-shade. You can propagate from seeds or cuttings.

Propagation

Seed in autumn; semi-evergreens may also be raised from softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

In Australia and New Zealand caterpillars of the kowhai moth can defoliate plants in summer.

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