Sophora japonica (Japanese pagoda tree or Chinese scholars' tree)
Sophora Japonica or Styphnolobium japonicum is a spreading tree, originally from China but introduced to Japan long ago, reaching Europe in the 18th century. The "Japanese pagoda tree" was brought to the UK by James Gordon in 1753 and you can still see one of the trees planted at Kew in 1760. Its durable wood was originally used for buildings; in China its flowerbuds are used in traditional medicine and in Japan it is still a popular bonsai tree. Sophora japonica is a lovely specimen tree, with attractive pea shaped white flowers in late summer and feathery foliage, although trees have to be around 30 years old before they flower. RHS AGM. Really helpful for bees as it flowers late in the summer, like Eucryphia, and recommended by The British Beekeepers' Association. Trees grow to 15m and spread to around 10m.
Size: 5 litre pot (around 100cm tall)
Soil type: Light, well drained soils
Supplier : R.V.Roger
We donate half of our profit on sales of Sophora Japonica to the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Sussex