One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Southeast Asian tree of the pea family that has hanging clusters of cream flowers and is cultivated as an ornamental.
Sophora japonica, family Leguminosae
- ‘The Japanese Pagoda Tree is a good tree for midsummer flowers displaying its clusters of creamy-white pea-like flowers during the heat of summer when few other trees are in bloom.’
- ‘Especially noteworthy is a rare century-old Japanese pagoda tree Sophora Japonica, with twisted and gnarled trunks and limbs.’
- ‘The pagoda tree has bordered pits that are always distinctly vestured.’
- ‘Raised in parks throughout the world for its attractive clusters of flowers, the Japonese pagoda tree itself also has great ornamental appeal.’
pagoda tree/pəˈɡōdə ˌtrē/
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