|This semi-evergreen tree is native to the tropical forest of South America. Grown primarily for it's panicles of pea-like spring flowers, the foliage is not bad either: bright green leaves that are oblong with notched tips and downy undersides. Grow where soil is moist but well-drained and soil is fertile. If grown in a conservatory or greenhouse, the roots will require pruning after flowering and the plant should be fertilized monthly while actively growing. In winter, reduce watering.