Sophora tetraptera J.F.Mill.


A small, broad-crowned tree to 12 m tall. Branchlets covered with pale brown hair when young. Leaves alternate, pinnate, to 15 cm long. Leaflets of 10-20 pairs, each leaflet 1.5-3.5 cm long, almost stalkless or with a very short stalk, ovate or ellipticoblong, with many closely pressed silky hairs. Flowers golden yellow, in clusters of 4-10, each about 5 cm long, with petals of unequal length. Fruit pods to 20 cm long; seeds yellow, becoming brown.

This tree occurs naturally on the N Island along streamsides and on lowland forest margins.

New Zealand.

ACT: Regatta Point.VIC: Melbourne (Bot. Gds, New Zealand beds).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Fabaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Sophora tetraptera 'Gnome'

A slow growing dwarf plant, flowering when 1 m or so tall.Will grow true from seed. Probably originated in Christchurch, New Zealand, before the 1960s.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fabales
family       Fabaceae
genus        Sophora L.