Styphnolobium japonicum 'Pendula'
Common name: 
Weeping Scholar-tree
Dragon-claw Tree
so-FO-ra ja-PON-i-ka
S. japonica 'Pendula'
S. japonica f. pendula
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous tree, a stiff weeping form, often grafted on a standard (seedlings of the normal type) and will grow to 15-25 ft (4.5-7.5 m) tall, rarely flowers.
  • Sun and partial shade.  Best in loamy well-drained soil.  Once established withstands heat and drought well.   Tolerant of polluted conditions.  Fast growing in some areas.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4      In China, it is known as the Dragon-claw Scholar-tree [Longzhao Huai] where it is fairly common in temple grounds and other formal areas.   More than one form under this name, also called ‘Tortuosa’ and ‘Contorta Pendula’ (Jacobson, 1996).
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  • habit of old tree, winter

    habit of old tree, winter

  • plant habit, winter

    plant habit, winter

  • detail of pruning, winter

    detail of pruning, winter