Bushy shrub with rounded foliage that turns olive green and gold in fall. Purple pea flower appear in clusters bloom from late summer onward. Looks somewhat similar to the Lespedeza we grow – should be interesting to see how they compare. Online advice suggests a hard pruning in spring.
||false bush clover; Chinese pea shrub
||germinates readily at room temperature after scarification
detailed seed-starting info below
Our second-year plants were late to return in spring – so much that I thought I had lost them, only to find them during an inventory of our nursery area in June. They are still small, but are showing a rosy glow on some of their leaves.
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- Seed from HPS/MAG '13/'14 exchange. Dehusked, sandpapered, baggy 70F (100%G, 5-11d)
- Same seed as above. Dehusked, sandpapered, baggy 70F (100%G, 5-10d)
Interestingly, in both trials several seeds had their radicles break off just after they germinated. I left these in the baggy to see what would happen (since, like other fabaceae, they had a full set of seed leaves ready to go). It took a week or so, but they eventually grew new roots.
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June 14, 2015