How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Japanese pagoda tree—Sophora japonica
Family Fabaceae (Pea family)

Plant Identification

The Japanese pagoda tree is a deciduous tree.  Leaves are dark green and divided into several leaflets.  In summer, clusters of sweet-pea shaped blossoms are produced followed by seedpods.  Flowers are yellowish-white. 

Optimum conditions for growth

The Japanese pagoda tree is often grown as a shade tree in lawns or on patios, however flowers and seedpods often leave stains on pavement.  Trees do best in areas with full sun or partial shade and moderate amounts of water.  Provide good drainage.

Seed pods
Seedpods of japanese pagoda tree

Pests and disorders of Sophora japonica




Environmental disorders



Japanese pagoda tree leaves and seedpods
Leaves and seedpods

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