Some 80 species of deciduous shrubs and small trees. Leaves are alternate, often clustered, compound (pinnate), with 2-18 small, entire leaflets. Pea-like flowers are often lemon yellow, but may be white or pinkish. Fruit are slender, light brown pods. Native from southern Russia to China, Manchuria and Himalayas.
Caragana: the Mongolian name, karaghan, for C. arborescens.