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Siberian pea-shrub is a hardy, sun-loving, large shrub tolerant of drought, wind, deer and varying soil conditions. It has the ability to adapt to extremely poor soil conditions, including highly alkaline soil, clay soil, or salty areas. It does require a sunny location with good drainage. It requires very little maintenance and has been recommended as a nitrogen-fixing windbreaker and groundcover plant that binds the soil It is often used as a single row field shelterbelt for borders, screen plantings, or flowering hedges. It's wood can also be used for wood turning, the bark can make fiber, and the leaves yield an azure dye.
Prized for its light green, ferny-like foliage and beautiful, bright yellow spring flowers that attract butterflies! The young green seedpods can be eaten as a vegetable. By August the dried seedpods snap open to drop the small seeds, which are 36% protein and can be used like peas or beans. Used in poultry yards, as a source of feed, and as a hedge plant.
Common Names: Siberian Pea Tree, Siberian peashrub, pea-tree, Ross caragana
Latin Name: Caragana arborescens
Mature Size: 15-20 ft high, 12-15 ft wide
Native Range: E. Asia - Siberia to Mongolia
Water: It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.
Sun: Requires sun; it cannot grow in the shade.
Soil Type: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.