JAPANESE PAGODA TREE, CHINESE SCHOLAR TREE

FAMILY: Fabaceae | GENUS: STYPHNOLOBIUM japonicum

TYPE
  • Trees
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

Native to eastern Asia. Spreading growth to 5075 ft. high and wide. Young wood is smooth, dark gray-green. Old branches and trunk gradually take on rugged look of oak. Dark green, 6- to 10-in. leaves are divided into 7 to 17 oval leaflets, each 12 in. long; undistinguished yellow fall color. Small, yellowish white flowers are carried in branched, foot-long sprays in summer. Pods 2312 in. long are narrowed between big seeds for a bead necklace effect. Dropping seeds can be messy and stain pavement. Takes heat, drought, city conditions. 'Regent' is an exceptionally vigorous, uniform grower; 'Princeton Upright' is similar but more erect. 'Pendulum', to 1525 ft. high and wide, has weeping branches. Spreading forms are good shade trees, though stains from flowers and pods may be a problem on paved surfaces and parked cars. Formerly known as Sophora japonica.

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