Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Lupinus arboreus

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Lupinus arboreus var. arboreus
Lupinus arboreus var. arboreus

Species Name: Lupinus arboreus
Common Name: Yellow Tree Lupine

Beautful showy lupine. Provides excellent habitat for birds and butterflies near coast. Great accent shrub with color. Caution: seeds, leaves and stems are toxic.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6' H x 4-6' W
Growth Habit: Upright, multibranching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North Coast, Central Coast. Probably native from Sonoma to Ventura Counties
Natural Habitat: Coastal bluffs, dunes, below 300'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Forms a bushy plant 4 to 8 feet high with rather light green foliage and an abundance of rich sulphur yellow, fragrant flowers. Found near the coast, often on the sand. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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