Pagoda Tree (Sophora japonica), packet of 20 seeds
Family: Legume (Fabaceae)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 7
(Scholar Tree, Huai-hua-mi, Huai-hua, Huai-mi) Deciduous tree to 60 feet tall, native to the dry plains of Western China. The weeping form and lustrous, pinnate leaves that cast only a light shade, and the long clusters of fragrant, creamy blossoms make this a preferred tree for planting around shrines, in parks and on city streets. Traditional usage (TCM): regulate the blood, stop bleeding, hemorrhoids. The flowers are also extracted to yield a yellow dye. This ancient tree is tolerant of diverse soils and climates, but the roots do require good drainage. Scarify seeds, either by rubbing through the seedcoat with sandpaper or by soaking overnight in hot water, then sow in arm soil. Work up in pots and transplant out to at least 30 feet between trees.
20 seeds per packet, Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s