False Peashrub Caragana halodendron

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
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Caragana halodendron, commonly known as the Siberian peashrub, has a distinct appearance that makes it easily identifiable among other shrubs within a garden or landscape setting. The plant is characterized by its graceful, arching branches which are covered in fine green leaves. These leaves are often small and may have a feathery structure, presenting a delicate texture which contrasts with the robustness of the branches. The Siberian peashrub is known for its vibrant yellow flowers. These bloom in the late spring or early summer, depending on the climate of the area where it is grown. The flowers are shaped similarly to those of peas, which is a characteristic feature of plants belonging to its family. After the blossoms have been pollinated, they develop into small, elongated seed pods, adding to the visual interest of the shrub. The bark of this plant tends toward a darker hue, which can be a striking feature, especially during the colder months when the leaves have fallen and the framework of the branches becomes a prominent aspect of the plant's appearance. Its overall shape can vary from rounded to irregular, giving gardeners flexibility in how they incorporate it into the landscape. In summary, the Siberian peashrub's ornamental value stems from its yellow pea-like flowers, feathery leaves, and a bark that stands out, particularly in the winter season. These features combine to create a resilient and attractive plant that can add both color and texture to gardens and natural spaces without regard to its size.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Siberian Peashrub, Chinese Peashrub

    • Common names

      Caragana jubata, Caragana bungei.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Caragana halodendron, commonly known as Siberian peashrub, is not widely known for its toxicity to humans. Generally, the plant is not considered poisonous, and there are no well-documented cases of human poisoning from ingestion of this plant. However, as with many plants, individual sensitivities can vary, and it is always advised to prevent children from ingesting plant material as a precaution. If any parts of Caragana halodendron are ingested and adverse effects are noticed, it is important to consult a medical professional.

    • To pets

      Siberian peashrub (Caragana halodendron) is not commonly listed as a toxic plant to pets, such as dogs and cats. There is limited information regarding its toxicity to household pets, and it does not appear on most lists of poisonous plants for animals. As with all plant matter, pets may have individual sensitivities, so it is still wise to discourage them from eating parts of this plant. In the absence of clear toxicity data for this specific plant, if your pet consumes it and shows signs of illness, you should consult a veterinarian for advice.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 feet (1.83 meters)

    • Spread

      6 feet (1.83 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Erosion Control: Caragana halodendron's extensive root system helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
    • Windbreak: The plant can serve as a windbreak to protect soil and other plants.
    • Wildlife Habitat: It provides shelter and nesting sites for various wildlife species.
    • Ornamental Value: Caragana halodendron's bright yellow flowers can add aesthetic value to landscaping.
    • Drought Resistance: The plant is well-adapted to withstand dry conditions, making it suitable for xeriscaping.
    • Nitrogen Fixation: Similar to other legumes, it can improve soil fertility by fixing atmospheric nitrogen.
    • Fodder Plant: Young shoots and leaves can serve as fodder for livestock in certain regions.
    • Soil Improvement: The plant's decomposition can enhance soil organic matter content.
    • Stress Tolerance: Capable of surviving in harsh environments where other plants might not thrive.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Antimicrobial: Caragana halodendron has been traditionally used for its potential antimicrobial properties against certain bacteria and fungi.
    • Anti-inflammatory: Some compounds in the plant may have anti-inflammatory effects, which could be beneficial in reducing inflammation.
    • Antioxidant: The presence of antioxidant compounds in Caragana halodendron could help in fighting oxidative stress in the body.
    • Wound Healing: The plant may possess wound-healing properties, contributing to the recovery of skin integrity following an injury.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Caragana halodendron, also known as Chinese peashrub, has been used in traditional furniture making due to its hard wood which is suitable for crafting small wooden objects.
    • The fibrous bark of the Chinese peashrub can be processed and used in the manufacture of ropes and cords, which are both strong and durable.
    • The dense growth habit of the Chinese peashrub makes it an excellent choice for use in windbreaks and shelterbelts, providing protection for crops and soil against wind erosion.
    • The plant's ability to fix nitrogen in the soil makes the Chinese peashrub valuable for improving soil fertility in agricultural systems.
    • Flowering Chinese peashrub can be a source of nectar, making it beneficial for supporting bee populations and other pollinating insects.
    • With its tolerance for harsh conditions, the Chinese peashrub can be used for reclamation projects in areas with poor soil and in the greening of desertified landscapes.
    • The seeds of the Chinese peashrub, while not commonly consumed, can potentially be used as a food source for livestock or in times of food scarcity.
    • Due to its aesthetic appeal when in bloom, the Chinese peashrub can be cultivated as an ornamental shrub in gardens and public parks.
    • The plant’s ability to grow in sandy soils makes it useful for preventing soil erosion in areas susceptible to shifting sands and desert encroachment.
    • Because of its robustness and low maintenance requirements, the Chinese peashrub has been used in roadside planting to beautify the landscape while requiring minimal upkeep.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Caragana, also known as the Siberian peashrub, is not commonly mentioned in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Siberian peashrub is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Caragana halodendron, commonly known as the Russian Olive, is known for its ability to survive in harsh conditions, representing the human capacity to endure and adapt.
    • Hospitality: The Russian Olive produces fragrant flowers and edible fruits, symbolizing generosity and the welcoming of guests.
    • Protection: With its dense thorny branches, the plant is often used as a windbreak or a protective hedge, representing safety and shelter.
    • Rebirth: As a deciduous plant, it sheds its leaves in autumn and regrows them in spring, symbolizing renewal and the cycle of life.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The most common name for Caragana halodendron is the Siberian peashrub. To water this plant, ensure that the soil is kept relatively moist, especially during the growing season. During the spring and summer, it may require watering once a week with approximately 1 to 2 gallons, depending on the size and the environmental conditions. In the fall and winter, watering can be reduced to every other week with the same amount of water. Siberian peashrub is tolerant of some drought, but consistent moisture will promote healthier growth. Always adjust watering frequency based on rainfall and temperature, as overly wet soil can promote root rot.

  • sunLight

    The Siberian peashrub thrives best in full sun to partial shade. It is essential to place it in a spot where it can receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day to ensure optimal growth and flowering. If you're planting it within a garden or landscape, make sure it's positioned away from larger trees or structures that might cast excessive shade on it.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Siberian peashrub is hardy and adaptable to various temperature conditions. It can typically survive in temperatures as low as -40°F and as high as 100°F. However, it grows best in temperate regions with temperatures ranging from 60°F to 75°F. Extreme heat or cold might slow its growth or cause damage, so providing some protection during unusually harsh temperatures is beneficial for the plant's health.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Siberian peashrub is important for maintaining its shape and encouraging healthy growth. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Cutting back broken or crossed branches and shaping the plant will improve air circulation and light penetration. Prune out older, less productive stems to promote new growth, doing so every few years will rejuvenate the shrub.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Russian Peashrub prefers well-drained sandy or loamy soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH of 6.5 to 7.5. A soil mix with compost and sand in equal parts would suit this drought-tolerant shrub.

  • plantRepotting

    Russian Peashrub typically planted directly outside and not repotted; ensure space for growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Russian Peashrub is tolerant of dry conditions and does not require high humidity levels to thrive.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure full sun, well-drained soil, minimal watering for Russian Peashrub.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-draining sandy/loamy soil, water sparingly.

    • Hardiness zone

      2-7 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Caragana halodendron, commonly known as the Russian peashrub, begins its life cycle as a seed, typically requiring a period of cold stratification to break dormancy. Upon germination, which requires appropriate moisture and temperature conditions, the seedling emerges and begins to establish a root system and shoot. As it matures into a juvenile plant, it develops compound leaves and a woody stem, and eventually, the plant enters the vegetative growth phase, where it continues to expand in size and form. Once mature, the Russian peashrub progresses to the reproductive phase, characterized by the production of yellow, pea-like flowers in the spring, which rely on insects for pollination. Following pollination, the flowers develop into seed pods, which eventually dry and release seeds, completing the cycle. Environmental cues such as light and temperature can influence the timing of flowering and seed set in the lifespan of Caragana halodendron.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The most popular method for propagating Caragana halodendron, commonly known as the Siberian peashrub, is through seed propagation. The best time for sowing the seeds is in the spring, after the last frost when the soil has warmed up. To ensure successful germination, it is often recommended to scarify the seeds by manually nicking the seed coat or by soaking them in water for 24 hours. This process helps to break the seed's dormancy by allowing moisture to penetrate the coat. Once prepared, the seeds should be planted about a half-inch deep (approximately 1.3 centimeters) into well-draining soil with exposure to full sun. Providing consistent moisture, but not overwatering, will encourage germination, which can take anywhere from one to three weeks. After seedlings have established, they can be transplanted to their final location in the garden or landscape.