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Ruth14-Apr-07 12:34 PM EST 5a   
Nancy14-Apr-07 06:54 PM EST 5   
Shari16-Apr-07 10:52 AM EST 6   
Wendy19-Apr-07 10:27 PM EST 5   

Subject: Siberian Peashrub
From: Ruth
Zone: 5a
Date: 14-Apr-07 12:34 PM EST

Has anyone ever had any luck with this shrub in my zone - northern Nova Scotia? I want to use it as a shrub for privacy to hide any ugly garage. Would it grow in moist part shade soil?

Subject: RE: Siberian Peashrub
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 14-Apr-07 06:54 PM EST

Hi Ruth,

Definitely, I have two of them at my place that are doing just fine. I've heard they're used on the prairies as well..... think they were in the T&T catalogue that's based in Manitoba.

Subject: RE: Siberian Peashrub
From: Shari (
Zone: 6
Date: 16-Apr-07 10:52 AM EST

I live in BC now, but I grew up on the prairies, and I can vouch for this shrub's widespread use on farms across the region. It's known there as caragana.

This shrub is very hardy and tolerant of poor soils. It prefers sun but does fine in part shade. I don't know about its tolerance for moist soil. They make good, fast-growing (I believe) informal hedges that get pretty dense, although a little messy. I would check out the soil moisture issue before you buy, but if that checks out, they'd make a good choice for an effective, low-maintenance hedge.

Subject: RE: Siberian Peashrub
From: Wendy
Zone: 5
Date: 19-Apr-07 10:27 PM EST

Caraganas are a great shrub, and if not pruned they can get quite tall. They produce a wonderful, scented flower in spring that draws the bees like crazy. The flowers then turn into a pea pod type fruit - hence the name!! They are quite hardy, as I had some in my yard when I lived in Northern Alberta. However, the prairies never gat the precipation or the humidity that the east does so the moisture may be a limiting factor for you. Have fun choosing!! Wendy

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