A picture of a Kowhai

Kowhai

Sophora tetraptera

Also known as

New Zealand Laburnum, Pelu Tree, Winged-Podded Sophora, North Island Kowhai

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

4m

4m

Min

2.5m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A photo of Kowhai
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Kowhai Overview

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

Seed

Sow seed as soon as ripe.

Cuttings

Take semi- hardwood cuttings in summer or autumn but provide bottom heat.

Special features of Kowhai

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Kowhai

Suits being grown in wall side borders in urban courtyards, coastal or informal cottage gardens.