Necklace Pod (Sophora tomentosa)

Plant Creations Nursery Necklace Pod (Sophora tomentosa)

Common Name Necklace Pod

Latin Name Sophora tomentosa

Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae

Native Yes

Zone  10-11 

Height 4-15 feet

Spread 4-8 feet 

Salt Water Tolerance High

Salt Wind Tolerance High

Drought Tolerance High 

Soil  Well drained soil

Sun Full Sun

Wildlife Attractant Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, warblers

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Main Uses

The Necklace Pod is a unique looking large shrub.  Many use it for accent plantings and specimen shrubs.  Its salt tolerance is very high, making the Necklace Pod a perfect addition to your coastal garden, but feel free to plant it in hammock settings too, as it will flourish just as much.

Its gray/green leaves, yellow flowers, and cool seed pods add great texture and color to your landscape.

A native shrub, its drought tolerant, making it a very low maintenance plant once established. 


As mentioned above, the S. tomentosa is an exquisite ornamental/accent shrub due to its gray/green hued leafs.  Its leaves are composed of little leaflets on a long stalk, almost resembling a fern.  Its seed pods can reach lengths of up to 6 inches, looking very much like a pearl necklace.

When in bloom, its flowers are a beautiful yellow, borne on 6-15 inch-long spikes. The Necklace Pod can grow from 4 feet to 15 feet high.

Wildlife Attractant

This shrub is a wonderful food and cover source for wildlife, with its showy yellow flowers attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and warblers.

Plant Creations Nursery Necklace Pod Sophora tomentosa