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Sophora affinis

Sophora affinis
Eve's necklace; Texas sophora
Sophora affinis
Bright yellow autumn leaves

Synonym(s) Styphnolobium affine
Common name Eve's necklace; Texas sophora
Family fabaceae
Life cycle shrub/tree
Flowers pink (spring)
From seed Nick and soak, germinate warm (with bottom heat)
detailed seed-starting info below

Not sure if it's supposed to be hardy here, but my seedlings from 2003 are still alive, having made it through at least two winters with sub-zero (F) temperatures. On the other hand, after five years, my main specimen is still small.
Epilogue: after 9 years, our specimen finally bit the dust: it did not return after a relatively mild winter, so it may have been more averse to the wet conditions of the previous fall than any winter cold. In any case, it never attained much of a presence in our garden, and never bloomed, so I have to conclude it was just all that happy growing in Pennsylvania.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02 trade. Knife-nicked. Baggy 75F (extended germination, re-nicked several times, overall 40%G)
  2. Same seed as above. Knife-nicked, soaked overnight. Baggy 75F (60%G, 9-24d)

Really cutting into the seedcoat helps germination, as do somewhat higher than room temperatures.

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