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Japanese Pagodatree
Sophora japonica
Japanese Pagodatree
Japanese Pagodatree
Japanese Pagodatree
Japanese Pagodatree

Family: Fabaceae

Preferred Habitat: grown in average, medium-wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade, forms dense thickets

Range: native to Korea and Japan

Height: up to 23 meters (75 feet)

Leaves: compound, alternate leaves, 10-25 cm long with 7-17 chalky, 5 cm long, narrowly ovate leaflets

Flowers: creamy white-yellow and mildly fragrant flowers occurring in 15-30 cm panicles in late July to mid-August; individual flowers are approximately 2 cm in diameter and white with a yellow center

Fruit: interesting in appearance, the green pods occur in pendulous panicles composed of individual and multiple pods strung together like lumpy strands

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: Often grown around Buddhist temples