Caragana arborescens
Midwest Noxious Weed: Do Not Plant

Common Name: Siberian peashrub 
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Fabaceae
Native Range: Eastern Russia, northern China
Zone: 2 to 7
Height: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Spread: 12.00 to 15.00 feet
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Drought
This plant is listed as a noxious weed in one or more Midwestern states outside Missouri and should not be moved or grown under conditions that would involve danger of dissemination.


Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Plant tolerates a number of adverse conditions including poor soils, drought and strong winds. Extremely low maintenance shrub. May be trained as a standard.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Caragana arborescens, commonly called Siberian pea tree, is a large, rounded, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with upright branching that grows to 15-20’ tall and to 12-15’ wide. It is native to Siberia and Manchuria. It features pinnately compound bright green leaves (to 3” long), each with 4 to 6 pairs of obovate to elliptic-oblong leaflets (to 1”). Stipules are usually spiny. Insignificant yellowish fall color. Pea-like yellow flowers bloom singly or in clusters in May on the prior year’s wood. Flowers give way to yellowish-green pods (to 3” long) that mature to brown in summer.

Genus name comes from the Latinized version of the Mongolian name for a species of the genus.

Specific epithet means tending to be woody or tree-like.


No serious insect or disease problems.


Not considered to be very ornamental. Best use of this shrub is in difficult areas of the landscape where growing conditions are challenging. Possible uses include hedge, screen or windbreak. Shrub border.