greyish brown, grooved, branches green with light lenticels
compound, 7 - 17 leaf segments, dark green, approx. 25 cm
creamy white in plumes, July/September (October)
grey pod, indented, approx. 8 cm long
park tree, avenue tree, industrial areas
all apart from wet, peaty soil
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Sturdy tree with a round crown at first that later becomes fan-shaped. Branches usually start low on the bending and forked trunk. The twigs and branches are remarkably green and bear may light-coloured lenticels. When broken they give off an unpleasant odour. The compound leaves are imparipinnate and approx. 25 cm long; the leaf segments are each 2 - 6 cm long and ovoid to elliptical. The creamy white to creamy yellow flowers are approx. 1.5 cm in size and grow on terminal plumes that can grow to about 30 cm long. The first flowers do not appear until after 10 to 15 years. The plentiful nectar makes the tree popular among bees. The grey pods are indented between seeds and appear in the autumn. Sophora japonica is not very prone to diseases or problems.
Sophora japonica does not start producing abundant flowers until at a later age. Once in full bloom the entire tree is covered with an abundance of creamy-white flowers. The tree produces more flowers when the summer is warm.