Common Name: Pagoda tree
Origin/Ecology: Native to eastern Asia, mainly China.
Habit: Grows 10-20 m tall with equal spread. Varies widely in habit, from weeping to quite upright. Older trees can develop a broadly-spreading vase-shaped form.
Leaves: Pinnately compound with 9-21 leaflets, 6-10″ long. Leaves are deep green and lustrous above and glaucous pale green beneath. Leaves turn yellow very briefly in fall before quickly dropping.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Flowers are lightly fragrant, pale, creamy yellow to greenish-white, 1/2″ long, in abundant pyramid-shaped terminal panicles up to 12″ across. Blooms from late July into August. Clusters of leguminous pods follow, ranging from 2 to 4″ long, containing 1 to 6 seeds. Each pod is constricted between individual seeds, resembling a string of beads.
Bark: Young stems are slender with prominently protruding nodes and gray-green bark, providing some winter interest. Mature bark is gray and corrugated.
Water Use, Soil: Chalk, loam, and sand. Prefers well-drained soil.
Exposure: Full sun.
Landscape Uses: Requires little maintenance and is often planted for its ornamental features.
Limitations: Generally pest and disease free.