Siberian peashrub
Caragana arborescens Lam.


Caragana arborescens a perennial deciduous shrub or small tree that can grow up to 10-15 ft. (3-5 m) tall.
Leaves are alternate and 3-5 in. (7.6-12.7 cm) long. Each leaf is composed of 8 to 12 elliptic leaflets. Bark is smooth and green becoming duller as it ages.
Flowers are yellow, tubular, and can be found in groups of up to four flowers. The blooming period occurs from May to June.
Seed pods are slender, sharply pointed, smooth, and 1-2 in. (2.5-5 cm) long forming in late June. Color changes from green to tan in July and August.
Ecological Threat
Caragana arborescens invades woodland edge environments, and pastures. It is native to Siberia and Manchuria.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Genus: Caragana
Subject: Caragana arborescens Lam.


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