Styphnolobium japonicum, commonly known as the Japanese pagoda tree is a deciduous tree renowned for its ornamental value.
It typically grows to a height of 10-20 meters, with a broad, rounded crown.
The leaves are pinnate, measuring up to 25 cm in length, and composed of 7-17 ovate leaflets that are bright green in colour.
In late summer, it produces profuse clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers, which are highly attractive to bees.
These flowers are followed by small, green pods that mature to brown.
The bark of the tree is grey and deeply furrowed, adding textural interest.
Native to East Asia, this tree thrives in full sun and well-drained soils.
In the British Isles, it is primarily grown as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens, particularly in urban areas in the south of England, where it benefits from the milder climate.
Its tolerance to pollution makes it a popular choice for city landscaping.