Sophora tomentosa var. truncata

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Yellow Necklacepod

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Size:6-12 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Brown
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Use as an accent tree or shrub. It has a long blooming period, tolerates poor soils, and is easy to grow.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Neutral to calcareous



  • Attracts small birds.
  • Attracts hummingbirds


  • Attracts many insect pollinators including bees, butterflies, and moths.
  • Many butterfly host plant lists name Necklace Pod as a host for Sulphur butterflies, but others suspect that was was seen is likely the larva of the Genista Broom Moth (Uresiphita reversalis).

Native Habitats:Shell mound, maritime hammock, beach dune, coastal strand, inland borders of marine tidal swamp, marine tidal marsh (salt marsh).

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures