The foliage of Sophora japonica in detail
The foliage of Sophora japonica in detail
A mature specimen of Sophora japonica
Sophora japonica in summer foliage on the Barcham Trees nursery
Flowers of the Sophora japonica
Medium Japanese Pagoda Tree, Chinese Scholar, aka Styphnolobium japonicum from this batch
Instant Japanese Pagoda Tree, Chinese Scholar, aka Styphnolobium japonicum from this batch

Sophora japonica

Japanese Pagoda Tree, Chinese Scholar, aka Styphnolobium japonicum

Estimated fully grown height 12-17m

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Product Details

Sophora japonica is a delightful and interesting specimen of deciduous tree that, despite its common name, is native to China, although is widely planted in Japan.  It was introduced into the UK in 1753 and won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

The foliage of the Japanese Pagoda Tree is bright green, with compound leaves that have very small leaflets that give the tree a light and airy appearance.  Once mature, the tree produces yellow-white, pea like flowers that hang in racemes, they are similar to False Acacia flowers, with just slightly smaller petals.  In the autumn long grey seed pods are borne that are held on the tree throughout the winter.  Like a few trees native to China and Japan, this tree also has interesting bark, it is a dark green colour and exhibits small white flecks/lines up all the way up the stem.

At maturity Sophora japonica forms a rounded crown of medium size.  It is a tree that particularly enjoys the sunshine and is thus best planted in south facing sites in the warmer part of Southern England.  In conjunction with enjoying a sunny and sheltered position, this tree will prefer to be planted in nutrient rich, well drained soil.

The Japanese Pagoda Tree is an intriguing specimen that is perfectly suited to gardens with a warm, sunny aspect.  It has much Chinese folklore associated with it, with its Chinese name actually being composed of the words “wood” and “demon”, so its potentially not a tree for the light hearted!

Mature Height: 12-17m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
Information flags
Award, Bark interest,

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

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Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

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