Japanese pagoda tree - Fabaceae Styphnolobium japonicum


Japanese pagoda tree Foliage


Japanese pagoda tree Bark


Japanese pagoda tree Twig


Japanese pagoda tree Flower


Common NameJapanese pagoda tree
iTree CodeSTJA

Plant Form

FormSingle-stemmed, upright spreading with a mature round crown
Height75 feet
Spread70 feet

Identification Description

Foliage7 to 17 leaflets, leaflets are 1 to 2 inches long, half as wide and rounded at the base. The top side is bright to medium green with a shiny upper side and a cloudier grayish green on the bottom side. Leaf Type  Information Icon Compound - Pinnate
Barkblack-locust like except pale grayish brown in color
BudBlackish and wolly, concealed by leaf scar Bud Arrangement Information Icon Alternate
Twigslender and smooth, solid greenish pith, grayish lenticels
Flowercreamy white, mildly fragrent. Flowers in July through mid-August.
FruitBright green pod that is constricted inbetween each individual seed. Bumpy/bubbly pod structure, 3-6 seeds per pod, 3 to 8 inches long
Fall Colorgreen holds late in the season, very little fall color emerges. On occasion there will be a soft yellow.

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zones pH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min5a Min4.5 SoilUnknown
Max6b Max8.0 SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
Unknown Unknown Unknown

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. Native
Region of OriginChina