A rarely offered, deciduous shrub or small tree that has pinnate leaves and begins to flower at a young age. The stems are covered with soft bristles.
From May-June, racemes of beautiful pink, pea-like flowers are in bloom. The clusters of flowers attract the butterflies and bees due to them giving off a sweet fragrance. In warm summers, purple seedpods appear which are quite interesting looking, adding an ornamental value to the shrub.
For optimum growth, the shrub prefers to be positioned in full sun and in moderately fertile but well drained soil. It flowers particularly well when grown against a sunny, warm wall and sheltered from strong winds.
Excellent quality, 10-15cm tall plant in an 8cm square pot.
Other common names: Bristly Locust, Moss Locust
Native to: US, sometimes invasive
Family: Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Habit (UK conditions): erect, deciduous shrub
Max. size in 10 years: 4m x 3m
Main value: pink, pea-like, fragrant flowers
Flower colour: rose-pink
Flowering period: May-June
Autumn coloration: yellow but not too significant
Preferences: wide range of soils, full sun of half shade (tolerates poor soils)
Hardiness: fully hardy in the UK and most of Europe
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