Native Region: Eastern North America
Zone Range: 5-9
Preferred Climate: Full sun; well draining average soil
Harvest Date: Wednesday 06 February, 2008
Seed count: 25-30
A tough little tree with rosy pink flowers that appear from June until frost providing nectar and pollen for many winged creatures. Lovely blue green pinnate leaves. Grows to 2-3 meters tall with half the spread. Smooth reddish flat bean like seed pods. Interesting yellow autumn colouring. Drought tolerant, great for very poor soils as being a legume, it fixes nitrogen thus enriching the soil. Tends to sucker so plan accordingly...great for as border/hedge. Short stature doesn't block the veiw. Fast growing.
Tough enough for mine reclaimation sites being tolerant of highly acidic soils or to keep slopes stable with its root system. Intolerant of extremely wet sites.
Break dormancy: Boil some water, and measure out one cup then pour into a bowl, wait one minute then add seeds. Let soak until cool and let sit for 24 hours. Seed should swell 2-3 times its original size. Sow seed, dust legume innoculant* and cover so the seed is 5 mm deep, tamp soil, keep moist. Mulch helps retain moisture. Optimum germination temp: 20 C. Days to germinate: 10-50. Sow thinly! * Legume innoculant isn't necessary, but the tree will grow twice the size in the first and subsequent years compared to its seed sisters grown without it. Larger tree/seedlings bloom at a younger age.