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Leaf -- Caragana

Species
Cultivar
Container
Format
Available
(# plants)
Height
(feet)
Price
($/Plant)
Caragana, common #2 Std pot (6 qt) -12 $18.00
Caragana, common #2 Std pot (6 qt) 12 18-24 in. $18.00
Caragana, common #2 Std pot (6 qt) 30 2-3 ft. $18.00
Caragana, common Bare Root Seedling -300.00 $2.00
Caragana, common Bare Root Seedling 300 10-15 in. $3.25
Caragana, Walker weeping #6 Std pot (18 qt) -1.00 $50.00
Caragana, Walker weeping #6 Std pot (18 qt) 31 4-5 ft. $60.00

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This is how they come to me, as bundles of 25.

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Unsold ones are potted up.

Pea Shrub

Caragana

As a shrub caragana will get anywhere from 7 feet to nearly 20 feet high. The wood has an interesting grain, but it's hard to find decent sized chunks of it. Still, it's used for turning pens, chess pieces.

There is another form of caragana -- Walker Weeping Caragana. Here they graft a floppy form of caragana on top of a tree form. The net effect is a 4 foot high umbrella. Because the top form lies flat on the ground, the seeds aren't a big problem -- it's shaded out by weeds if it escapes. Google "Walker Weeping Caragana" including the quotes for pix.

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This is a weeping caragana. It's a recumbant form grafted onto a tree form. It doesn't get bigger than this.

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In close space like this they look leggy. I prune them to knee height each fall until they sell.

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This plant genus is known more by it's scientific name than by it's common name. It is a member of the pea family. A close look at the leaves and the flower show this.

It's like peas in another way: It fixes it's own nitrogen.

Caragana will grow on crap soil. It's drought tolerant, moderately salt tolerant. Grows on alkaline soils.

It's flower are appreciated by bees.

What's not to love.

A fair amount: The seeds explode off the bush. seeds scatter for about 10 feet in all directions. Little caragana come up everywhere.

It has fine prickles on the stem that break off in your hand then get infected.

If left to grow, it gets ratty looking with a few feet of leaves at the top, and the rest of the bush being just sticks.

It can be invasive.

Working with it.

Makes a good hedge if you have ready access to both sides. Seedlings can be kept in place with mowing.

You need to scout for seedlings that are further away. If it gets started on a slope that is steep, it can be very difficult to deal with.

If it gets leggy looking, give it a chainsaw haircut.

Growing it

Needs full sun. For solid hedge plant 1-4 feet apart. It will colonize the space between, but will take years to do so. Watering will get it established faster.


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