Pygmy Caragana

Caragana pygmaea

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Pygmy Caragana (Caragana pygmaea) at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Pygmy Caragana flowers

Pygmy Caragana flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Pygmy Caragana (Caragana pygmaea) at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Pygmy Caragana flowers

Pygmy Caragana flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2b


An underutilized but rather attractive shrub with numerous attributes; very fine-textured foliage, small yellow flowers in spring, consistent upright habit and extreme adaptability to cold, dry windy sites; an outstanding hedge plant, great in groupings

Ornamental Features

Pygmy Caragana has masses of beautiful gold pea-like flowers with orange overtones hanging below the branches from mid to late spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. It has grayish green foliage throughout the season. The pinnately compound needle-like leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pygmy Caragana is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Pygmy Caragana is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Pygmy Caragana will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Screening 
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features