Sophora japonica (Styphnolobium japonicum)
(Pagoda Tree) An unusual, handsome and sought after tree, Sophora japonica has pinnate (feather-like) leaves up to 30 cm long and clusters of pea-shaped white flowers after a hot summer.
An unusual, handsome and sought after tree, Sophora japonica has pinnate (feather-like) leaves up to 30 cm long and clusters of pea-shaped white flowers after a hot summer.
Established plants have a wonderful, gnarled habit and in our opinion, this is one of the most beautiful flowering trees available. Hardy and best in a position with a little shelter from strong winds but plenty of sunlight.
- Position: Full sun or very light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Well drained, fertile soils.
- Hardiness: Hardy.
- Flowering Period: August - October.
- Flower Colour: White
- Rate of Growth: Moderate.
- Habit: Sophora japonica eventually grows to be a medium sized, branching tree with a rounded crown once established.
- Height: up to 15 m (50 ft)
- Spread: 10 m (32 ft)
- Notes: Sophora japonica can take a number of years to start flowering fully in the UK and while lovely, it is best to consider it a foliage plant in the short term. This plant is also known as Styphnolobium japonicum.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun
- Eventual Size
- Tree - Small (4m - 8m), Tree - Medium (8m - 15m)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil: Dry/Sandy, Soil: Not Fussy
- Special Features
- Flowers in Summer, Flowers in Autumn, Foliage - Unusual Shape, Rare and Unusual, Honey Fungus Resistant