Location: street trees south of Learned Hall
Approximate blooming period: July - mid August
Japanese Pagodatree, Sophora japonica
Origin: China, Korea
Habitat: Hardy to USDA Zone 4
Height and Form: Deciduous tree, 35-50 ft (12-15 m), wide as it is tall.
Foliage and Bark: Leaves alternate, pinnately compound, 15-30 long, green and lustrous above and glaucous beneath. Stems 1 through 4 years old are green (or green-brown).
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: Large clusters of small, ivory white blooms appear in July-Aug. (if it flowers). Pods, bright green changing finally to yellow-brown, 7.5-20 cm long, often constricted between seeds.
Culture: Sun and partial shade. Best in loamy well-drained soil. Once established withstands heat and drought well. Tolerant of polluted conditions. Fast growing in some areas.
Name: pagoda: "Scholar Tree"