Botanical name: Styphnolobium japonicum Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Sophora japonica
Chinese Scholar Tree is native of China, despite its misleading species name. This medium sized tree grows to 65 ft tall, usually with a broad round crown. It has a rapid growth rate and tolerates city conditions, heat, and drought. When grown in a yard, the Chinese Pagoda Tree can reach a height of 50-75 ft, however, when grown along the road in compact soil, it only grows to 30-40 ft. The young bark is pale gray, becoming furrowed into fibrous, interlaced, scaly ridges. The 6- to 10-inch, bright-green, pinnate leaves are fern-like and consist of 9-15, elliptic leaflets. The leaves are extremely pest-free. This tree begins to bloom when 10 to 15 years old. In late summer and early fall, 10-15 inch upright panicles of mildly fragrant, creamy-white, pea-like flowers are produced at the ends of branches and live about a month. Chinese Scholar Tree is planted as an ornamental tree in Kashmir.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
The flower labeled Chinese Scholar Tree is ...