Styphnolobium japonicum at Roath Park Botanic Garden

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Styphnolobium japonicum
May 2015

Styphnolobium japonicum 1

Styphnolobium japonicum
early July 2015

Grid reference ST 18478 78999
Common name Pagoda tree
Alternative name Sophora japonica
Origin North China
Deciduous Yes
Status Glamorgan Champion 2013
Height 13M May 2015
Girth 266cm May 2015
Reference 408
Tree considered dangerous and removed after it dropped large branch Summer 2018

This tree is beside the west boundary railings, 35 metres north of the south west gate.

It is one of the original plantings in the Botanic Garden, being listed - as Sophora japonica - in W.W. Pettigrew's article for the Cardiff Naturalists' Society (1894-5, volume XXVII part I, pages 52-62).

Styphnolobium japonicum bark

Styphnolobium japonicum bark
May 2015

Styphnolobium japonicum leaf

Styphnolobium japonicum leaf
early July 2015

General tree description

Styphnolobium japonicum grows to 15 to 25 metres tall and has a rounded habit. Its leaves are pinnate, 15 to 25 cm long, and comprise 9 to 15 ovate to oval leaflets, which are 3 to 5 cm long. The flowers are creamy white, about 1 cm long and produced in clusters at the ends of branches. They appear in the late summer and autumn.