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Sophora sp., Kowhai
Sophora microphylla

Sophora sp.

Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: New Zealand
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow/orange flowersSeaside, salt tolerant plant

The Kowhai flower is national flower of New Zealand. Kowhai - 3 Genuses: Sophora tetraptera, Sophora microphylla, Sophora prostrata.

The Kowhai is a spectacular tree in spring when, almost leafless, it bursts into bright yellow flower.

Cultivation: Plant in a well-drained, reasonable soil. Wet feet will mean a disappointing or dead plant. A tangled juvenile plant it will grow to 5-7m. Water if very dry, especially when young.

Propagation: Seed or cuttings. Their seeds are resistant to saltwater, and are believed to have floated around the southern oceans, with limited evolution taking place after establishing in new lands.

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