False Indigo Bush
False Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa) is a large native shrub with a slightly tropical appearance. Reaching a height and spread of 6-12', this shrub takes off extremely quickly if provided with adequate water, growing from a twig to a 1-2" thick trunk in a single year. Being part of the Fabaceae family, it fixes nitrogen, so does well in sights lacking in nutrition. The flowers are purple-brown, and extremely attractive to bees and other polinators. You can definitely expect to have bumble-bees flying around this shrub all summer. Interestingly, this species can flower multiple times throughout the year, providing a constant supply of pollen. Great for a native garden or erosion control.