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| Yellow Sophora, Necklace Pod Sophora|
Sophora tomentosa var. occidentalis
Yellow sophora occurs in South Texas, Baja, California and Florida, and also along the tropical shores north and south of the Equator worldwide. Its seedpods, pinnately compound greyish leaves and young twigs are all densely tomentose (having wooly hairs). Although its seeds are poisonous, it does have some medicinal uses in Ceylon and the West Indies. It grows in sand and often freezes back in its northern range.
Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub
Flower Color: yellowish white
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: bean pod
Height: 9 feet
Width: 5 to 7 feet
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: high
Soil Requirements: neutral