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Kowhai

Sophora spp.

Sophora-microphylla-flowers by Grapeman4 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

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Kowhai Overview

Sophora is a genus containing 61 small deciduous tree and shrub species in the pea family, Fabaceae. This genus is widely distributed and many of these species have a long use in traditional Chinese medicine. Some of these plants are native to New Zealand where they are known by their Maori name Kōwhai. Some are popular houseplants. Species from the related genus Styphnolobium are often incorrectly called Sophora.

Common problems with Kowhai

How to propagate Kowhai

Cuttings

Seed in autumn; semi-evergreens may also be raised from softwood cuttings in summer.

Seed

Other uses of Kowhai

Grown for their habit, foliage and clusters of flowers.