Styphnolobium japonicum, Native of China and Korea, introduced to Japan and often planted around Buddhist temples for its showy flowers. This is a 40-65' shade tree that is quite tolerant of tough urban conditions would be beautiful as a specimen tree for the home landscape.
Features creamy-white fragrant flowers, borne in 6- to 12-inch pendulous panicles, that adorn the tree in late Summer. The twisted fruits, which resemble pea pods, are also unique: they start out green, turn to yellow and finally age to brown. Glossy olive-green branches and twigs add winter interest. This tree prefers well-drained soils and is tolerant of challenging urban conditions.
The Japanese pagoda tree is known for its hardiness and adaptability, tolerating a wide range of soil types and growing conditions. It is also resistant to many common pests and diseases.
In landscaping, the Japanese pagoda tree is prized for its ornamental value, providing both visual interest and shade. It is often planted as a street tree or in parks and gardens, where its graceful form and attractive flowers can be appreciated.
In addition to its ornamental value, the Japanese pagoda tree has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is believed to have a range of health benefits. As such, this tree is not only beautiful but also culturally significant and has been cultivated for both its aesthetic and medicinal qualities for centuries.