Sophora japonica 'REGENT'

Sophora japonica
Sophora japonica 'REGENT'
Japanese pagoda tree
SIZE/TYPE tall tree
USUAL HEIGHT 15-25m
USUAL WIDTH 10-15m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME August - August
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Summer blooms
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If you went looking for a tree typical for every city you would find jacarandas in Buenos Aires, London planes in London, and in Prague you would be struck by the beauty of Japanese pagoda trees. Numerous specimens were planted there many years ago. Now they have skyscraping trunks and huge, irregular crowns, blooming tremendously from midsummer.

Japanese pagoda tree is a beautiful large tree with exotic looking leaves and flowering in August. It bears deciduous, pinnate, rich green leaves similar to locust leaves but individual leaflets are more elliptic and longer. They change to yellow in autumn and fall down quickly. The whole leaf is up to 25 cm long and slightly pendent but in a relaxed, not weeping way. Individual flowers are small, creamy yellow and are compound in huge, 25-35 cm long panicles. They come out from early August and last for about 3 weeks. Regent is a variety that should flower as a young tree, perhaps from 5 years of age. The tree grows fast when young, forming an oval crown first, and once it starts flowering the growth rate slows down and the crown is getting more rounded. Pruning is possibly in early spring but radical pruning may cause loss of flowers for one season. Irrespective of its large size in maturity the crown is airy and does not cast a deep shade.

In the spring, young shoots may be cut down by late frosts but the tree always re-sprouts from thicker branches. We therefore suggest planting it in a location protected from freezing winds, but not at a south facing wall where it would start too early. It adapts to any type of soil except for marshy, and withstands air pollution. When fully established it tolerates drought. Avoid transplanting in autumn. Plants with well-ripened are very hardy to min. -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 15-02-2011
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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