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Siberian peashrub

Siberian peashrub
(Caragana arborescens)

Shrub or multi-stemmed tree in the pea family, with individual yellow flowers.


Regulated areas of Siberian peashrub
This species is Restricted (Orange counties)

Other names for this plant include:

  • Common names: Siberian peatree, pea tree
  • Scientific names: Caragana arborescens var. pendula; Caragana fruticosa; Caragana arborscens var. redowskii; Caragana sibirica; Robinia altagana var. fruticosa; Robinia caragana

Ecological threat:

  • Invades coniferous and hardwood forests, plantations, forest edges, savannas, trails, right-of-ways.
  • Reported as invasive throughout much of the Upper Midwest and Great Plain states.
  • Extremely adaptable to variety of soil conditions, salt, and cold temperatures.
  • Contains nitrogen-fixing microbial symbionts, altering natural soil chemistry and associated plant communities.
  • Inhibits growth and establishment (allelopathic) to some grasses.
  • Produces a chemical that reduces herbivore predation and pathogen establishment.

Classification in Wisconsin: Restricted (cultivars Lorbergii, Pendula, and Walkerii are exempt)

Species Assessment Groups (SAG) were assembled to recommend a legal classification for each species considered for NR 40. The recommendation for Siberian peashrub was based upon this literature review developed by the department.


Leaves & stems: Shrub or multi-stemmed tree. Alternate, pinnately compound leaves with 8-12 leaflets. Young leaflets are silky in texture, while mature leaflets are hairless. Tips of leaflets contain a spine.

Flowers: Yellow, singular flowers characteristic of the pea-family. Flowers are fragrant and borne on long stalks.

Fruits & seeds: Seeds borne in 1-2 inch pods, smooth and brown with sharply pointed tips. Pods eject seeds when mature.

Roots: Nitrogen-fixing symbionts form nodules on the roots.


Caragana arborescens
Counties in WI where Siberian peashrub has been reported (as of July 2013). Both vouchered and unvouchered reports included.

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  • Dig up individual plants. For larger populations, mow as close to the ground as possible. Continual mowing is needed as plants rapidly re-sprout.
  • Cover the infestation with black landscape fabric/plastic in early spring, when leaves emerge. Keep covered for a minimal of one growing season.
  • Consecutive prescribed burns may be a successful control option, with sufficient fuel loads and fire-appropriate habitats.


  • Cut-stump treatment with glyphosate.
  • Cut-stump or basal bark treatments in fall with triclopyr.


View Siberian peashrub pictures in our photo gallery!


Sources for Content:

  • Shortt, Katelyn B., Vamosi, Steven M. 2012. A review of the biology of the weedy Siberian peashrub, Caragana arborescens, with an emphasis on its potential effects in North America. Botanical Studies, 53:1-8.
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • National Park Service

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Last revised: Monday June 03 2019