Sophora microphylla – Kōwhai

This grows to be a small, spreading, multi-stemmed tree, up to 8M tall with an open growth habit. Racemes of bright yellow flowers cover this plant in spring.

This is just a little large for most gardens, and smaller species are available. Sophora howinsula “Tui’s Gold” is one good example, even if the species comes from Australia, specifically Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, despite the name of the variety.

Click here to view the Sophora microphylla page in Karin’s Garden.