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Millstone Japanese Pagoda Tree

J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Scientific Name:
Sophora japonica ‘Halka’

Other Common Names:
Chinese Scholartree, Japanese Pagoda Tree

Under Power Lines:
No—this tree is not approved for planting under power lines.

Street Tree Planting:
Yes—minimum planting strip width of 5 feet. If planting a street tree, you must be approved for a permit.

A pretty oval-shaped street tree with late summer flowers and attractive fall foliage.

Mature Height:
45 feet

Mature Spread:
35 feet

Compound bright green leaves turning a pretty yellow in autumn.

Clusters of small creamy-white flowers in late summer.

Yellow seedpods hang from tree from fall through winter.

Cultural Notes:
Prefers loamy, well-drained soil. Tolerant of urban conditions including heat, drought, and pollution.

Potential Problems:
Few pest and disease problems; better resistant to canker infection than other cultivars.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 20 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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