Silver Bush

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Sophora tormentosa

Family : Fabaceae

Silver Bush is an open shrub growing to about 4 metres. It has a compound leaf with up to 19 oval leaflets to 2.5 cm long. These are soft, velvet like and silvery grey.

Flowers are seen as sprays of lemon yellow pea flowers on crowded stalks. The fruit are long pods up to 15 cm and have very distinctive constrictions between the seeds. The pods are covered in short dense hairs and contain several seeds. Pods release seeds when ripe and these can float in water to new, suitable locations for germination.

This is a hardy shrub that is resistant to salt sprays and likes a lot of sun. It does not do well with frost and needs good drainage soils. Silver Bush grows densely and can suppress weeds. The silver leaves and yellow flowers are highly ornamental.


Quick Facts

Flowers December to July
Fruit May to January
Coastal Zone Dune Crest - Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds
Growth Habit Shrub
Typical Height <4m
Soils Well Drained Soils
Amount of Sun Full Sun
Amount of Water Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Moderately Tolerant


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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