Sericia lespedeza has a very stiff and woody main stem and leaves extend from it. It tends to branch only near the tip of the main stem and only when allowed to become mature.
Erect-growing, warm-season, perennial legume. Grows 18 to 40 inches tall. Deep rooted and tolerant of drought, soil acidity, and low fertility. Most varieties have high levels of tannin that reduce digestibility and animal acceptance. Low-tannin varieties are available.