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Siberian Peashrub

Scientific name: Caragana arborescens

Type:Deciduous tree
Plant Requirements
Zone:2 to 8
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:20 ft
Width:15 ft
Bloom:Showy flowers
Bloom Time:May
Bloom Color:Yellow
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Siberian Peashrub is best known for its profusion of yellow snapdragon shaped flowers that adorn the branches during the month of May. The name is derived from where it was found: Siberea.

This a broadleaf deciduous weeping tree which is typically derived from a multi-stemmed shrub. It can attain a mature height of 20” forming an oval shape. Leaves are pinnately compound and approximately 3” long. Each leaf consists of 8-12 leaflets each of which are 1” in length. Each leaflet is elliptic-oblong, with a noted abrupt tip. The foliage color is very pleasing bright to dark green.

The flowers are pea-like, yellow, and about 1” in length.The flowers morph to 2” long bean pods which bear 6 reddish brown seeds within. When pods open they make a popping sound.

Sun or light shade. This tree can withstand just about every type of harsh condition found across America. In the Plains states Siberian Peashrub is often planted close together to form a windbreak hedge.

None reported in the Northwest.
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