Necklace Pod (Sophora tomentosa)
Common Name Necklace Pod
Latin Name Sophora tomentosa
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
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
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.
This shrub is a wonderful food and cover source for wildlife, with its showy yellow flowers attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and warblers.