Caragana arborescens 15-20' Nitrogen-fixing cheerful bright green upright multi-stemmed oval shrub well-suited to windbreaks, hedges and borders.
Delicate yellow flowers in spring are followed by small seed pods that turn a golden yellow. The pods and the small “peas” are edible; eaten raw, they taste like garden peas, though not as sweet. Makes an acceptable chicken feed.
Silvery bark and compound foliage, each with 8-12 small obovate leaflets. Easy to grow; just put them in and let them go.
Adaptable to poor soils, drought, salt. Full sun. Maintenance free. Occasionally rumored to be invasive, although ours have stayed put for decades and not spread by seed or root. Self-fertile. Native to Siberia and Manchuria. Z3. (1-3' bare-root plants)