Category: Shrub - Deciduous
Zones: 4 to 8
Size: 5 to 10' tall and wide
Growth Rate: Fast
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Leaves are a rich green, alternate and trifoliate (3 leaflets per leaf). Pink-purple pea-like flowers at the tips and in the leaf axils in summer. Herbaceous perennial in cold climates, otherwise deciduous shrub. Loose, open, upright form. Requires well-drained soil. Blooms on new growth so should be pruned in late winter to early spring. Keep it manageable by cutting to the ground in late winter and letting it grow to 5' in one season.
'Little Buddy' - more compact to 3' tall
Introduced to the US as an ornamental in 1856. Now naturalized in much of the south and considered and invasive plant in those areas.
Published in Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 1840: 69.