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Sophora cassioides ‘Goldilocks’

Kowhai

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Features

  • Height1.5m to 2.5m
  • Spread1.5m to 2.5m
  • Growth HabitHemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourGolden yellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Sophora cassioides ‘Goldilocks’ (Kowhai). Also goes by the name S. microphylla. A fine small leafed shrub or tree with abundant golden yellow flowers in spring. Each leaf is approximately 10cm long with 40 paired oval leaflets.

Requires a sunny, sheltered position.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous or Semi-evergreen, Shrub or Tree

Origin

Native to Chile and New Zealand

Interest and use

Grown for their habit, foliage and clusters of flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • 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

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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