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Korean Lespedeza Facts
Korean Lespedeza is the earliest
germinator of the annual lespedezas, coming up
usually first and then growing rapidly. It tends to provide the earliest grazing
of any lespedezas. Seeds begin to ripen in fall (August). Korean is fine
when used in combination with grain, for it will drop seed before time to prepare the ground to sow grain in the fall.
Korean is also used in pasture combinations, and is an abundant hay yielder.
Because lespedeza is a legume, you should Inoculate seed for best results.
Type: warm season annual legume
Uses: These annual legumes (Korean & Kobe) are excellent seed producers for quail and
other upland game birds. Deer graze it in the summer. Korean is earlier maturing
than Kobe but Kobe is more adapted to the South. They will reach a height of 2
feet tall, providing cover for quail. The seeds are fairly hard and may lie on the
ground for long periods of time, thus providing a dependable late winter food source
Best for: Deer, Turkey, Dove, Pheasant, Rabbit, Quail
Type: Warm Season Annual Legume
Origin: Eastern China, Korea, Japan
Adaptations: Wide range of soil types in the Upper South, especially
clay and loam soils, with low fertility and pH.
Uses: Pasture, hay, erosion control, excellent forage and seed for
Benefits: Easy to establish, low maintenance. Low fertilizer and lime
Nutritional: Higher nutritive quality in late summer, produces seed in
late summer for upland game birds.
Planting Korean Lespedeza Seed
- Rate: 30 lb./acre or 1 lb/1000 sq. ft. broadcast
- Date: March - July -- after danger of frost
- Method: Prepared seed bed 1/2 inch deep
- Fertilize: Apply 200 lbs. of 10-10-10 per acre at planting - lime if pH is
- Grazing: Light grazing will allow natural reseeding. Hay should be cut at
early bloom stage. Don't over fertilize if planted in mixture with grasses.
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