Also known as
New Zealand Laburnum, Pelu Tree, Winged-Podded Sophora, North Island Kowhai
20 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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This semi evergreen shrub has a spreading habit. It's 15cm long leaves are made up lots of small oval leaflets. In late Spring it produces clusters of tubular yellow flowers that are 5cm long.
Common problems with Kowhai
Generally pest and disease free
How to harvest Kowhai
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Kowhai
Sow seed as soon as ripe.
Take semi- hardwood cuttings in summer or autumn but provide bottom heat.
Special features of Kowhai
Other uses of Kowhai
Suits being grown in wall side borders in urban courtyards, coastal or informal cottage gardens.