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How can I identify this plant?

Upright (3-12 feet tall) woody perennial shrub in the pea family (Fabaceae)

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Small bright yellow flowers grow along the entire stem. April to June is the peak flowering time.

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Seed pods are smooth (except for hair along margins), flattened, and contain several beanlike seeds. When mature they turn gray to black.

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Leaves are mostly 3-leaved with 1/2 inch long alfalfa-like leaflets.

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