A medium to large deciduous tree from the legume family, the Japanese pagoda tree is native to eastern Asia. They typically grow to be 50-75 feet tall at maturity, with an upright spread and broadly rounded crown.

The Japanese pagoda tree has a pinnately compound leaf, which retains its green color even into the fall. The small fragrant cream colored flowers, which bloom in the summer, cluster into long flowing panicles. The fruit, a 3-8 inch brown pod, emerges in the late summer and can be quite messy.

The Japanese pagoda tree grows best in medium moisture, sandy loam soils, with full or partial sun. They are resistant to disease and pest issues and have been found to be tolerant of urban growing conditions. Because of this, the Japanese pagoda tree is an ideal planting option for streetscapes, as well as high traffic urban parks.