Sophora japonica (Styphnolobium japonicum)
  • Sophora japonica (Styphnolobium japonicum)
  • Sophora japonica (Styphnolobium japonicum)

Sophora japonica (Styphnolobium japonicum)

£25.00

(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.

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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.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun
Mature Size
Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall), Tree - Medium (20 - 50 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
Special Features
Flowering Season - Summer (June - August), Flowering Season - Autumn (September - November), Leaf Shape - Unusual or Large, Rare and Unusual, Honey Fungus Resistant

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