Sophora prostrata ‘Little Baby’

FABACEAE, The Pea family

It’s spring: the new plants are coming in by the truck load. We see the (initial) results of all the list-scanning, looking-up and vendor visits that went on in the nursery this winter. Some of the arrivals are very exicitng. This one is particularily fun and will be featured in a planter soon, maybe for the upcoming Home and Garden show.

Similar in apearance to Wire netting bush, Corokia cotoneaster, the stems naturally zig-zag and the leaves are very small. But they are compound, like a little acacia! And bright green! Cute! The flowers are going to be small and yellow.

Apparently when he ordered this shrub, our buyer assumed he was getting something like Sophora japonica, the Japanese Pagoda tree. Though that is a wonderful tree, this is a welcome surprise.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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2 Responses to Sophora prostrata ‘Little Baby’

  1. Sherry Tholl says:

    Hi Mulysa

    I bought three of these miniature trees as part of a large landscaping project last fall, but ran out of time and put them in my greenhouse for the winter. I’m so glad I did! The tag failed to share it was a Zone 8 plant. Do you know if they can overwinter in a protected spot in Zone 7? If not, I’ll use them in pots and put them in my greenhouse again in the fall. They’re very cute mini trees with a fabulous growth habit!

  2. Mulysa says:

    My experience with them in the ground and in unprotected pots over the past few winters is that they are badly damaged or don’t survive. A very protected spot in a mild neighborhood might work though, especially if they were planted in spring so they had plenty of time to grow roots. And if they were mulched or protected with burlap or straw that would increase their chances too. Overwintering them in a greenhouse sounds like a good solution if you have the space. They can grow in pots indefinitely due to their small size. Good luck with these little cuties!

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