Kobe (Lespedeza striate) and Korean (Lespedeza stipulacea) lespedeza
were introduced into the U.S. from China, Japan, and Korea in the mid-1800s.
Both can be valuable, high-quality deer forage plants in mid to late summer.
Korean lespedeza is larger, coarser, and earlier maturing than Kobe. It
also has broader leaflets and larger bracts at the base of leaves. At
maturity, the leaves of Korean turn forward so the branch tips resemble
small cones, but the leaves of Kobe do not turn forward. ...