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Sophora tomentosa

Kowhai

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Features

  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourPale yellow
  • Leaf ColourLight green

Description

Sophora tomentosa (Kowhai). This is a tall deciduous shrub that is silvery white in colour. The leaves are pinnate with 9 pairs of broadly ovate leaflets. The flowers are pale yellow and borne in racemes.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Other common names

Silverbush

Interest and use

Grown for their habit, foliage and clusters of flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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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