The Caragana Arborescens Siberian Peatree
At four feet tall (120cm) its a real mini tree. Sitting in the front garden and viewed from the living room window it is dwarfed by the large specimen’s in the woodland directly behind it.
The Pea Tree was in the garden when we arrived here two and a half years ago. It suits where it is and I have no intention of moving it.
In our garden the yellow flowers open in the first week of May.
To be quite honest, the flowers are tiny and the show which they give cannot be described as outstanding. However I have learned over many years of gardening that all which we enjoy in the garden does not have to blow your mind, plus, close up of the blooms reveal more than the naked eye can appreciate.
The trunk, I have totally lost it, why am I showing you this picture, I have no idea.
Anyway, at four feet tall it is shorter than any other tree which we have had in the past, Shorter than the Cheals weeping Cherry which graced the patio area in our Aberdeen garden, and also shorter than the Kilmarnock weeping willow which was once in our front garden
Like the two other short trees which I mentioned, this one also tends to have a weeping habit. I kinda like tall weeping trees but these teeny ones I prefer to shape more like a traditional umbrella.
The dark green leaves are alternate and each one is made up with multiple leaflets.
Hardiness — As the name suggests, the Pea Tree is extremely hardy
Soil — Will grow in virtually any soil acidic or alkaline.
Height — Although I am pretty sure our one is stuck at 4ft it is widely suggested that it can reach 8/10 ft
Position — Happy in full sun or part shade
If you hadn’t already guessed, my plant profiles are based on my own personal experience of how they perform in our garden.
The most striking plant at the moment, happens to be watching over little sweet pea in the front garden. (Clematis Montana Alba Grandiflora)
Another outstanding plant in the front garden at the moment is this Rhododendron. We had many Rhododendrons in our Aberdeen garden and I have been known to on more than one occasion to mention how they don’t seem to do so very well here in Cheshire.
Well, in our third season here take a look at this one which previously only produced two or three blooms. Don’t have a name for it.
© 2016, Alistair. All rights reserved.