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Or Styphnolobium japonicum (easy for you to say), also known as Chinese Scholar Tree, is a handsome native of east Asia. It has compound leaves with a nice yellow autumn color. Pagoda tree makes a light shade and produces cream colored, fragrant flowers in mid summer followed by interesting and long lasting tan seed pods. It is a medium sized tree, which, under optimum conditions may reach 75 feet, however, in cultivation, it is usually found closer to 50 feet. It has a handsome form, upright and spreading, with long pendulous branches. Additionally it tolerates urban pollution, and drought. In North America it grows almost everywhere but the extreme south and it grows throughout the UK. where it prefers an open, sunny location. It also does well in temperate Australia and New Zealand.
Two well known cultivars are Regent, which has good form and grows rapidly to 50 feet, and Pendula, which is strongly weeping. Pagoda tree is also the recipient of an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society, but, as usual, a tree this special will not be found in the popular landscape nurseries but more likely in a specialty, mail-order, plant nursery.

Japanese pagoda tree

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