- Caragana arborescens a perennial deciduous shrub or small tree that can grow up to 10-15 ft. (3-5 m) tall.
- Leaves are alternate and 3-5 in. (7.6-12.7 cm) long. Each leaf is composed of 8 to 12 elliptic leaflets. Bark is smooth and green becoming duller as it ages.
- Flowers are yellow, tubular, and can be found in groups of up to four flowers. The blooming period occurs from May to June.
- Seed pods are slender, sharply pointed, smooth, and 1-2 in. (2.5-5 cm) long forming in late June. Color changes from green to tan in July and August.
- Ecological Threat
- Caragana arborescens invades woodland edge environments, and pastures. It is native to Siberia and Manchuria.
- Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
- James A. Duke. 1983. Handbook of Energy Crops Purdue University
- University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Natural Heritage Program
- University of Connecticutt Database of Trees, Shrubs and Vines
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Flora of China, www.eFloras.org
- USDA NRCS PLANTS
- USDA ARS GRIN
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