Sophora Japonica (Japanese pagoda tree) - Plant
The Japanese pagoda tree (Sophora japonica or Styphnolobium japonicum) is a showy little shade tree. It offers frothy flowers in season, and fascinating and attractive pods. The Japanese pagoda tree is often called the Chinese scholar tree. The tree is also used as a street tree, since it tolerates urban pollution. The leaves of the Japanese pagoda tree are especially attractive. They are a bright, happy shade of green and reminiscent of a fern leaf, since each is composed of a grouping of some 10 to 15 leaflets. The foliage on this deciduous tree turns a brilliant yellow in autumn.