Overview:Categories: Proven Performer, Short or Dense Barrier, Windbreak
Also know as Siberian pea shrub, introduced and cultivated throughout Colorado and Wyoming for hedges, screens and shelter plantings. Winter hardy, moderate life span and adapted to a wide range of soil and moisture conditions, with special tolerance of drought and a moderate tolerance of salty soils, Caragana does well in poor soils.
Medium to tall shrub, with bright yellow, pea-like flowers in the spring; grows best on sandy to loamy soils; to 9,500′
As used in a windbreak, plant Cargana in the outer rows of multi-row plantings. Suitable for single row windbreak where a dense, short barrier is desired. Provides nesting for several songbirds.
Grasshoppers and blister beetles can defoliate this species during some years, but it recovers well from the attacks. If you prefer not to have periods of defoliation, with similar benefits of the Caragana, try Cotoneaster instead.
Features:Scientfic Name: Caragana arborescens
Growth Habit: Dense
Growth Rate: Rapid
Max. Height (ft): 12
Max Width/Spread (ft): 8
Life Span: Moderate
Cold Hardiness: Excellent
Drought Resistance: Excellent
Elevation Range: 9500
Wildlife Value: Good
Wildlife Notes: Songbirds
Seasonal Color: Yellow Spring Flowers
Possible Insect Issues: apids, grasshoppers
Possible Disease Issues: very resistant
Miscellany: Does Well in poor soils
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