|Amorpha fruticosa is a somewhat leggy shrub, height can range from 6 to 20 feet tall, 5 to 15 feet wide. Fragrant foliage has the compound pinnate leaves typical of the Pea family, often most bushy on the upper third of the shrub. Flowers are 1/3-inch wide, purple-blue with orange anthers, on 3- to 6-inch upright spikes. Fruit is a warty, kidney shaped pod, persisting into winter. Does well in full sun and poor, sandy soil. Needs pruning in late winter or early spring to keep shaped. Can be defoliated by a rust Uropyxis, and can be subject to a few other pests. Not showy enough for general areas, but useful in very poor soil areas. Native from Connecticut to Minnesota, south to Louisiana and Florida.