The Japanese pagoda tree is originally from China. In Japan, Europe and North America it has been introduced as a flowering tree. The Pagoda tree is highly valued because it blooms very profusely in late summer. Its German name Schnurbaum comes from the constricted seed in the seed capsule.
The leaves of Pagoda tree are up to 25 cm long and odd-pinnate with 7-17 oval leaflets. The leaf upside is shiny, the underside is tomentose. The leaf margin is smooth.
The white flowers are up to 30 cm (11.8 in) long panicles. The single flower is barely larger than a centimeter.
The hardly 10 cm (3.9 in) long legumes containing up to 6 seeds. The seeds taste sour and are poisonous.
The twigs are green at the beginning, with bright lenticels and later brown.
single tree in large gardens and parks