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Sophora davidii

Sophora davidii (Shrub Pagoda Tree, David's Mountain Laurel)

is a medium sized wide fully hardy perennial deciduous shrub with purple and white flowers in late Spring, early Summer and mid Summer. It grows well in direct sun, and prefers low levels of water. The flowers are papilionaceous shaped. It has high drought tolerance.
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It looks best in Spring and Summer.


Sophora davidii grows in soils ranging from a pH of 6 (acidic ranges from 5.6 to 6) to 8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to chalk, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils.


This is a rounded shrub has an ultimate height of 3.5m / 11.5ft and spread of 3m / 9.8ft. It can take 6-10 years to reach its ultimate height.


The leaves are green in Spring and Summer and green in Autumn. They are imparipinnate - odd pinnate in shape.


The plant is happy in any situation, exposed or sheltered.


Low maintenance, screen, wind break and flowering shrub.


Propagation techniques include grafting and seed.



-28°C / -18.4F 6 to 8 6-10 years 3.5m / 11.5ft 3m / 9.8ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Sophora
Specific epithet ? davidii
Synonyms (other names) [Edit]
  • Sophora viciifolia
Common names
Shrub Pagoda Tree (Ireland), David's Mountain Laurel (Ireland)
IPNI details on Sophora davidii
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  • When watering, always water the base of the plant. If you water the leaves most of it will just evaporate. Also, just water once a week so that the ground is soaked. This helps roots grow down into the ground, otherwise you will end up with shallow roots.
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