Tangled juvenile stage tree growing 3-5m high, Found throughout New Zealand. Bright yellow flowers through spring on adult trees.
Coastal kōwhai (Sophora chathamica), sometimes known as Chatham Island kōwhai, is one of 8 species of native sophora or kowhai in New Zealand and grows naturally in the north-west of the North Island in New Zealand.
Coastal kōwhai forms a small tree up to 6 metres tall and 4 metres wide. It generally flowers from August until November. Flowers are yellow and around 3 cm long.
Unlike many kōwhai species, coastal kōwhai lacks the divaricating juvenile stage when grown from seed.
Very hardy, tolerating dry areas, coastal winds and can be planted in full sun or semi-shade.
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