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Tree Lucerne - Chamaecytisus tagasaste

 
Carolyn Redmond
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Location: Northern Nevada zone 5b
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Does anyone have any seedlings of tree lucerne for sale or even seeds that I can try to grow myself? My climate seems to be perfect for them but I cannot locate any. Please help?
 
Leila Rich
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Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
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I'm curious about this one,
it seems to be uncommon in the USA.
I know tagasaste has a bit of an invasive reputation, maybe it's a real problem over there.
I'm...unwelcoming...to some permie pioneer plants, but I've never seen anyone with a tagasaste problem.
Nitrogen fixation, animal, bird and bee fodder, coppice, windbreak...
 
Alder Burns
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Location: northern California
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I got some seeds of this years ago, from JL Hudson I think. They did not succeed where I used to live (Georgia).....Here in CA now I have three plants in the ground. The one that seems to be happiest is actually in partial shade of an oak. The don't really appreciate our occasional freezes (12-15 degrees once or twice most winters) but they've been growing out with a bit of dieback and so are gradually increasing in size, and last spring I saw a few flowers. But it sure doesn't seem to be behaving like an aggressive coppicing shrub that I would want to slash back on a regular basis for animals, as the AU permaculture literature recommends.....
 
Carolyn Redmond
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Ok, I guess if they cannot handle the occasional freeze in California, they would die to the ground here. It gets below freezing and stays that way for quite a while.

I AM able to get tagasaste though... so I will hold out for these instead. Thanks for your responses.
 
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