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Sophora japonica

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An unusual, handsome and sought after tree, Sophora japonica has pinnate (feather-like) leaves up to 30cm long and clusters of pea-shaped white flowers after a hot summer.

Established plants have a wonderful, gnarled habit. In our opinion, it is one of the most beautiful flowering trees available. Hardy and best with a little shelter from strong winds but plenty of sunlight.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (2-3 year old plants, 80-100 cm tall)

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Sophora japonica | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Sophora japonica | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Sophora japonica | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

osition: 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.

Plant Finder: about Sophora japonica

Common names

Japanese pagoda tree, Chinese scholar tree, Pagoda tree


Sophora japonica (Japanese pagoda tree). This tree is prized for its flowers which appear in elegant clusters in late summer, and has a wide-spreading habit. This is a long lived tree, that will bloom regularly. The dark green leaves are about 7-10inches long, and are divided into 5-17 leaflets. When in bloom, the tree is covered with clusters of beautiful pea-shaped creamy-white flowers.


These are generally adaptable plants that thrive under a wide range of conditions. They will prefer moist, well-drained soil in sun or partial-shade.

Interest and use

Specimen, ornamental, shade, foliage

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist, Dry or Moist

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