Sophora japonica 'Pendula'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 1 Professionals
Common Name: Japanese pagoda tree
Type: Tree
Family: Fabaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 15.00 to 25.00 feet
Spread: 15.00 to 25.00 feet
Bloom Time: Rarely flowers
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Tolerate: Drought, Air Pollution


Best grown in rich, medium moisture, well-drained sandy loams in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerant of common city pollutants and conditions. Once established, it is also tolerant of heat and some drought.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Sophora japonica, commonly called Japanese pagoda tree, is native to China and Korea, but not Japan. It is a medium to large deciduous tree that typically matures to 50-75’ (less frequently to 100’) tall with a broad rounded crown. Pinnate leaves (to 10” long), each with 7-17 oval, lustrous, dark green leaflets, remain attractive throughout the growing season. ‘Pendula’ is a weeping cultivar that typically grows to 15-25’ tall. Its branches gracefully droop toward the ground. Foliage turns yellow in fall. Unlike species plants, ‘Pendula’ rarely produces flowers and resulting bean-like seed pods. ‘Pendula’ is also commonly known as weeping Japanese pagoda tree and weeping Chinese scholar tree.


No serious insect or disease problems. Twig blight, verticillium wilt, canker, powdery mildew and rust may occur. Watch for leaf hoppers.

Garden Uses

Landscape specimen. Near patio or deck.