Siberian Pea Shrub
Native to Siberia and parts of China, Siberian Pea Shrub is one of the most cold hardy and versatile nitrogen fixing shrubs that the mighty Fabaceae family has to offer. Permaculturists in various climates have long been touting the pea shrubs value as a tough soil building plant as well as a food crop for humans and livestock. Siberian Pea Shrub grows 6 to 10 feet tall, produces gorgeous edible yellow flower clusters in spring followed by the seeds which can be used as a famine food source or a forage crop for livestock. Also valued for its use as a windbreak, a nectary plant, and to control erosion. On top of all that versatility it is hardy to -40 F.!
Latin Name: Caragana arborescens
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun in cooler regions, partial shade in hot regions, and well-drained, acidic soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to about -40º F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 6-10 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: April-May
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 4-5 lbs. per plant
Pests & Diseases: Not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 3