This single stem tree variety of the beloved Caragana is versatile, low-maintenance, and eye catching. Offering a captivating display of color throughout the year, it’s a popular choice for landscapes in colder climates. The fine, feathery green leaves, and glossy bronze bark bring an arid dessert like feel, providing a striking contrast with more typical broad leaf Alberta trees. In early spring it speckles with small yellow flowers giving way to bright yellow fall foliage and finally an almost metallic statue figure in the winter. Being in the legume family; they also produce accessible nitrogen in the soil, fertilizing other trees and plants in the vicinity! Never a dull moment with these guys.

What You Need To Know:

  • Mature Height: 10-15 feet
  • Mature Spread: 2-4 feet mid canopy 
  • Hardiness Zones: USDA Zones 2-7 (extremely cold hardy)
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer
  • Flower Duration: Approximately 2-3 weeks
  • Lifespan: 40+ years
  • Soil Preference: Well-drained soil (adapts to a variety of soil types)
  • Water Preference: Moderate watering; established plants are drought tolerant


Interesting Facts:

    • Sutherland Caragana is a nitrogen-fixing plant, enhancing soil fertility and benefiting other plants in its vicinity.
    • Its dense branches provide shelter and nesting sites for birds, while its flowers attract pollinators such as bees, adding to the biodiversity of the garden.