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Sophora Japonica, better known as the Japanese Pagoda Tree, is an ornamental deciduous tree, prized for its attractive looks and exceptional hardiness. Ideally suited for a specimen tree, this large cultivar can be a stunning focus of interest in large gardens. These are sold as mature trees.
Appreciated for its later flowering, Japanese Pagoda Tree produces creamy white, butterfly-like clusters of blossoms as the summer ends. The pretty pendulous flowers completely envelop the trees rounded crown. However, the Japanese Pagoda tree needs to be approximately 30 years old before it first starts blooming. Even though it is a long wait, the unusual feathery, pinnate foliage of younger trees will provide interest until the flowers finally start appearing. A hanging yellowish pod–like fruit appears after flowering adorning the drooping branches. The open structure of twisting branches that makes up the crown looks marvelous when bare, offering architectural and decorative value during the winter months. In the autumn months, the foliage turns an impressive golden yellow.
Versatile and adaptable, Sophora Japonica will thrive in most soils, as long as they are moderately fertile and well-drained. For best results, plant this eye-catching tree in full sun, in an exposed or sheltered location. Considered generally pest and disease free.
The name Japanese Pagoda Tree is, in fact, a bit misleading, as this cultivar is native to China. The eponymous Japonica most likely stems from the fact that this magnificent tree was often found near early Buddhist temples in Japan. A sturdy and robust variety, this tree is fully hardy in the United Kingdom. Frost hardy, it can survive even if the temperatures drop to 15 degrees below zero. However keep in mind that newly planted trees may need frost protection until established. Its showy features and remarkable constitution earned Sophora Japonica the Award of Garden Merit by Royal Horticultural Society.
Long-lived, this striking tree can grow to be well over 25 metres in height after 20 years of age. Staring with a slightly rounded, upright habit, this highly-decorative tree will become more spreading as it matures. Its impressive size and splendid natural form are one of its best qualities.
Offering multiple seasons of interest, Japanese Pagoda Tree is a perfect candidate for a specimen tree. The natural shape of the cultivar and its bright green, pinnate leaves add texture and architectural value to any garden, creating a stunning display of twisting branches and feathery foliage. When the tree fully develops, you will be able to appreciate its creamy, fragrant blossoms, borne in drooping clusters. Due to its imposing size in later years, this cultivar is a good choice for spacious gardens. The specimens we offer for sale are mature.
You might be interested in our collection of ornamental trees. If you are looking for larger specimen trees available for sale, take a look at our selection of mature trees.