Pagoda tree

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Pagoda tree Styphnolobium japonicum

Description

A medium sized tree, Styphnolobium japonicum, native to Japan, China and India. The Japanese pagoda tree is considered one of the best trees for bonsai. Also, a yellow-green dye, waifa green, is produced by dipping alum mordanted cotton in the flower extract then drying the cloth in the sun.

EEM color

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EEM line

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Synonyms and Related Terms

Japanese pagoda tree (Sophora japonica; Styphnolobium japonicum); waifa; enjo (Jap.)

Flower of pagoda tree Sophora japonica


Other Properties

Broad spreading tree growing to 10-20 m Bark = grayish or reddish brown with vertical furrows Leaves = alternate pinnate Flower = creamy white, hanging clusters Fruit = Green pod containing pearl-like seeds

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • F. Crace-Calvert, Dyeing and Calico Printing, Palmer & Howe, London, 1876 Comment: p. 304
  • Website address 1 Comment: Virginia Tech Dendrology website at www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (accessed Oct. 8, 2005)