Sophora japonica
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Sophora japonica

Japanese pagoda tree
scholar tree
Chinese scholar tree

  family fabaceae 
  genus sophora 

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Genus  Sophora Species  japonica Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Japanese pagoda tree   scholar tree   Chinese scholar tree Family  FABACEAE Specimen number  S10721 Data source  DyePl p40;Frgnt p131;Xeri p300
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  50' - 75' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Sophora japonica has flowers that are mildly honey scented. The flowers of Japanese pagoda tree (also known as scholar tree and Chinese scholar tree) have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. A range of possible colors can be produced by this plant including yellow, reddish yellow and brownish yellow. Scholar tree is used in Japan for dyeing. Alum or stannous chloride is optionally added as mordants to fix the color to the fabric. This species can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It usually does best in dry soils. This plant tolerates occasional periods of drought.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  honey scented Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Honey Dye parts  Flowers Dye color  yellow,reddish yellow,brownish yellow
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Sophora japonica may have originated from Japan, Korea and China.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Sophora japonica is a woody perennial. Japanese pagoda tree (locally known in some parts as scholar tree and Chinese scholar tree) is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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