caragana / peashrub

Caragana arborescens, commonly called Siberian pea tree, is a large, rounded, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with upright branching that grows to 15-20’ tall and to 12-15’ wide. It is native to Siberia and Manchuria. It features pinnately compound bright green leaves (to 3” long), each with 4 to 6 pairs of obovate to elliptic-oblong leaflets (to 1”). Stipules are usually spiny. Insignificant yellowish fall color. Pea-like yellow flowers bloom singly or in clusters in May on the prior year’s wood. Flowers give way to yellowish-green pods (to 3” long) that mature to brown in summer.

**Info from Missouri Botanical Gardens**


Height:  12 - 15 ft
Spread:  8 - 10 ft
Foliage:  Green
Fall Foliage:  Insignificant yellow
Zone:  2 - 7

 

Siberian Peashrub

Caragana arborescens

Winter hardy to -50 F the Caragana is one tough plant.  Often used as a windbreak around homestead sites in the 1930s - 50's, you name it, this plant can probably take it.  Bright yellow flowers in May-June. Extremely hardy and drought resistant. Tolerant of pruning. A good plant for use as a hedge, screen or windbreak. Tolerant of salty sites.  Xeriscape plant.

Uses:

Good hedge, windbreak, xeriscape, mass planting, soil reclamation (salt tolerance & nitrogen fixation)


Walker Weeping Caragana

Caragana arborescens 'Walker'

Budded on a standard, this small tree has finely cut foliage for a fern-like appearance. Strongly weeping, 'Walker' was developed at the Morden Research Station in Manitoba, Canada. An outstanding accent plant for limited areas, it bears bright yellow flowers in spring. This cultivar is grafted on a 4' standard.

Uses:

Good hedge, windbreak, xeriscape, mass planting, soil reclamation (salt tolerance & nitrogen fixation)

 

Height:  4 - 5 ft
Spread:  3 - 5 ft
Foliage:  Green
Fall Foliage:  Insignificant yellow
Zone:  2 - 7