Caragana frutex - Russian pea shrub

The Russian pea shrub flowers in June, when it is covered in the typical flowers of the pea family, yellow and butterfly-shaped. The bright green leaves have four lobes which are broadest near the tip, blunt but pointed at the end of the central vein.

This is a beautiful hardy shrub. It is healthy and demands no special care, nor does it produce root suckers. It thrives in sunshine and on sandy soil, thanks to its ability, characteristic of the pea family, to fix atmospheric nitrogen with root bacteria. It can also be used as hedging.

At Mustila the Russian pea shrub grows on Etelärinne (Southern Slope), though due to excess shade it is not at its best there, either in foliage or in flower.


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