Caragana arborescens--Pea Shrub, Siberian Pea Shrub

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Caragana arborescens--Pea Shrub, Siberian Pea Shrub

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Pea shrub is very hardy and useful in adverse situations. The plant's chief value is its ability to adapt to poor sites. On better sites, a more ornamental plant could be selected. The plant prefers a sunny exposure but tolerates partial shade. It is quite tolerant of soil type and grows in sand. Pea shrub grows rapidly and will reach 15 to 20 feet tall and spread 12 to 18 feet. The texture is moderately fine in summer but coarser in winter. Yellow flowers are produced in mid-May but are more or less hidden by the foliage. Pea shrub tolerates pruning.

Cultivars include: 'lorbergii'--the leaves are grasslike, flowers smaller; 'pendula'--drooping branches; 'pygmaea'-- dwarf, about 2 feet high, rare.

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