Found naturally in the North island along riverbanks and forest margins from East Cape to Ruahine Range. Slightly larger leaf than S.chathamica and dosn't have a divaricting juvenile stage.

This Kowhai is widespread and commonly found in the North Island and is reasonably hardy. This tree grows up to 15m tall with a medium growth rate. Flowers appear in spring between September and December and are golden-yellow, often larger than the ones from Sophora microphylla.

Birds and bees love its nectar. Semi deciduous. Prefers moister areas.

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