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Caragana arborescens

Siberian pea tree

An upright, deciduous spiny shrub to 6m in height, with light green leaves made up of oval-shaped leaflets. In late spring, pale yellow flowers appear. These are followed by brown seed pods in autumn

Other common names
pea tree
Synonyms
Caragana sibirica
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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained, Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered or Exposed
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Caragana are deciduous, usually spiny shrubs with pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered yellow, occasionally white or pink flowers, followed by brown pods

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Siberia, Manchuria

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun. Useful as a windbreak

Propagation

Propagate by seed, or by softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Gravel garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus in gardens where it is present but insufficient data to determine degree of susceptibility

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