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pagoda tree

a spreading, round-headed tree, Sophora japonica, of the legume family, native to China and Korea, having yellowish-white flowers in loose, showy clusters, grown widely as a street tree.
Also called Chinese scholar tree, Japanese pagoda tree. Unabridged
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pagoda tree

a Chinese leguminous tree, Sophora japonica, with ornamental white flowers and dark green foliage
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Encyclopedia Article for pagoda tree

any of several trees of erect, conical form suggesting a pagoda, particularly Sophora japonica, commonly called the Japanese pagoda tree, or the Chinese scholar tree. A member of the pea family (Fabaceae), it is native to East Asia and is sometimes cultivated in other regions as an ornamental. It grows 12-23 m (about 40-75 feet) tall. The alternate, compound leaves consist of 7 to 17 leaflets. The yellowish white flowers, about 1 cm (0.4 inch) long, grow in loose, showy clusters 30-35 cm (12-14 inches) long. The fruit is a pod 5-7.5 cm (2-3 inches) long.

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