About one hundred species of Sophora are native to North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. They are shrubs and trees. David’s mountain laurel is
native to China.
It is a spiny, deciduous shrub that grows to about eight feet tall. Bean-like
flowers are white and blue. Fruits are bean-like pods. Flowers are used in
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: adaptable, drought tolerant, avoid soggy soils
Soil: a well-drained soil, otherwise adaptable
This is an unusual garden plant in northeast Florida. These plants
were donated to the University of North Florida by Jacksonville plant collector, Joyce Jarrell.
Some of the information about this plant on the internet is contradictory. So
far, we have grown it in full sun and part shade in irrigated landscape beds.
It survived winter lows in the high 20’s F.