The sophora is native to Korea and China. Its tortuous trunk and drooping foliage make this shrub very decorative. Its silhouette is ornamental, on the other hand the flowers of sophora appear only on very old subjects. In Asia and Australia, sophora is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Bark decoctions were prescribed to treat sore throat, to relieve pain, or externally to treat wounds, bruises and sprains.
The sophora is a tree that can reach a height of five to seven meters.
Plantation of sophora
This tree requires well-drained soil, but remaining fresh. The ideal is therefore to place a mulch at the foot of the plant. In addition, it will appreciate a rather rich soil. When planting, do not hesitate to add potting soil. It will prefer a sunny situation, and will resist relatively well to strong winds as well as occasional droughts.
Watering the sophora
It is important not to water your sophora during the winter, as this may cause root rot. On the other hand, it is advisable to make a few moderate amounts of water in the weeks following the planting of your tree, because it is tired and its root system is not sufficiently developed.
Maintenance of the sophora
The cultivation of sophora is accessible to everyone, even beginner gardeners, because it is a plant that requires no special care. However, it can be pruned in the spring, before growth resumes. Remove sick or dead wood and intersecting branches to keep only the vigorous branches and give it a pleasant appearance. Be careful, too severe pruning will slow growth.
In our latitudes, the sophora has no enemies that can endanger it. On very young subjects, it may be necessary to treat if you see an infestation of mealybugs, but on adult trees, do not worry, the damage caused by insects will be minimal.