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Indigo Bush Amorpha fruticosa

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ah-MOR-fah froo-tih-KOH-sah
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

This plant spreads easily by seeds and can become invasive.

  • leaf out late in spring
  • develop foliage disease problems
  • Site: range of soil types
  • Form: Leggy; most of the leaves occur on the upper one-third of the plant
Cultivars:
  • 'Dark Lance'
Tags:
#native#purple#gold#sun#deciduous#fall color#yellow#invasive#full sun#shrub#purple flowers#bright green#native shrub#yellow leaves#gold flowers
Cultivars:
  • 'Dark Lance'
Tags:
#native#purple#gold#sun#deciduous#fall color#yellow#invasive#full sun#shrub#purple flowers#bright green#native shrub#yellow leaves#gold flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Amorpha
    Species:
    fruticosa
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    poor and dry soil, tolerate poor site conditions
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 3 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 5 in. - 1 ft. 3 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    small, warty, kidney-shaped seed pods
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    This plant has narrow, 8 to 20 in. racemes of deep purple flowers with gold stamens in summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are bright green and then a modest yellow in the fall (fall color).
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil
    Poor Soil
    Problems:
    Invasive Species