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SOPHORA microphylla 'Sun King'

Commonly known as Kowhai

Extremely hardy plant with bright yellow clusters of claw-like flowers in profusion over a long period in late winter and spring
Further Reading....
  • Semi-evergreen
    Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.
    leaves to 15cm (6in) with up to 40 pairs of dark-green leaflets.
  • Yellow
    Bright yellow
  • Height
    3m (10ft)
  • Spread
    3m (10ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Bushy shrub. Produces flowers in racemes to 5cm (2in) long. Petals of the 5cm (2in) long flowers all point forwards.
  • Hardy - average winter
    Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Against a wall
  • Full sun
    Protect from cold, dry winds

SOPHORA microphylla 'Sun King'

 

 

  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases
    None
    Place of origin
    Garden origin. UK. Hillier Arboretum, Hampshire.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Border
    Suitable for a shrub border
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf form
    Pinnate
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

  • Seasonal Interest
    Spring
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
    Moderately fertile
  • Toxic - Category C
    Harmful if eaten
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3m (10ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)
 

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