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Kowhai

Sophora fulvida
Family Fabaceae
Name Sophora fulvida
Common Name Kowhai

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Sophora fulvida
Sophora tetraptera
  See also:  NZ Natives, Trees & shrubs, Culture / Germination

The kowhai, our national flower, welcomes spring with a burst of bright yellow flowers, rivaling the pinks of Japanese cherries. Tuis and wood pigeons love the flowers. Small tree with graceful weeping leaves. The tree has a distinct juvenile stage, where it looks more like shrub than a tree.

 Sophora fulvida

Name Sophora fulvida

S. fulvida (syn. S. microphylla var. fulvida), the West Coast kowhai, is one of the five newly classified kowhai species and unfortunately is in decline. This kowhai usually only has a very short juvenile stage.



Bud

Flowers

Flowers

Tree

Trees

Flowering trees growing in the bush.

Trees

Flowering trees growing next to a cliff amongst kauri trees.

 Sophora tetraptera

Name Sophora tetraptera

S. tetraptera is known as the North Island kowhai, and although less common in the bush than S. microphylla (South Island kowhai), it is more commonly grown in gardens.


Tetraptera

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