Sophora chathamica – Coastal Kowhai

  • Description
The coastal kowhai is distinguished from all other Kowhai species by the absence of a divaricating juvenile stage. Leaves are slightly larger than microphylla. Primarily a species of the coastal forest, often on cliff faces or banks overlooking estuarine rivers or inlets. This species was once included as Sophora microphylla. Yellow flowers from late winter to spring.
Height x Width 6 x 4m
Height Range Medium 5-10m
Growth Rate Moderate
Plant Type Tree
Shape Spreading
Country of Origin New Zealand
Similar to Consider S. Microphylla, S.Tetraptera
  • Leaf
Leaf Colour Green
  • Flower
Flower Colour Yellow
Fragrant? No
  • Uses
Specimen Yes
Good Shade Tree? Yes
Bird Feeding Yes
 Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.