Korean lespedezas have leaves mainly at the top of the plant. The leaves are short, broad, and lobe shaped and are typically indented at the end.
Kobe lespedezas maintain leaves along the whole length of the stem. Both Kobe and Striate types have leaflets that are long, narrow, and football shaped.
Fine-stemmed, leafy, annual legume with shallow taproots. Tolerant of low fertility and acidic soils. Grows 1 to 2 feet tall. Annual lespedeza leaves are a pale green color with light-colored, easily visible veins. Flowers and sets seed in late summer and early fall. Prolific seed producer. Kobe and Korean are examples of annual lespedeza.