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Sophora microphylla

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Features

  • BloomsFebruary
  • Height3m to 7m
  • Spread5m to 8m
  • Growth HabitBroad arching
  • Flower ColourDark yellow, orange
  • Leaf ColourLight green

Description

Sophora microphylla. This is an evergreen tree which will grow to about 3.5 to 6m tall. Its has weeping, interlocking wiry branches which form a wide rounded crown. The leaves are fern-like, and the flowers are lemon to deep orange but usually deep yellow, and are borne in dense clusters from late winter to early summer. The fruits are pods which are about 15cm long.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub or Tree

Origin

Chile

Interest and use

Specimen

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • 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.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds or cuttings.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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

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