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Sophora microphylla - Kowhai

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Fabaceae = Pea Family
Origin: Pacific Islands
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 15-25 feet
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Sophora microphylla (Kowhai) - A large fast growing winter-deciduous small tree that can reach to 25' tall with long lasting and attractive bright yellow flowers held in short axillary racemes in late winter into spring. Plant in full coastal sun or light to full shade. Give regular to occasional irrigation. Hardy to at least 20 F. This southern hemisphere tree is listed as being native to both New Zealand and Chile but is mostly noted as a plant of New Zealand where it is often found in wet locations in open forests, forest margins and riverbanks. As with many New Zealand trees this plant has a juvenile and mature form with the divaricating juvenile form lasting up to 10 years while the plant does not flower followed by a more upright and open habit when in the flowering adult form. The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, other birds and insects and it is the national flower of New Zealand.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Sophora microphylla.