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An individual instance of Sophora japonica (Chinese scholar tree)
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This former state champion that stands in front of Buttrick Hall is a well-known tree at Vanderbilt and was featured in The Trees of Vanderbilt. Although this is not a particularly large species, this tree is old, having been planted by the Mrs. Goodpasture of Vanderbilt Garden Club in 1954. In 60 years it has grown to a height of 20 m (64 ft.) with a crown spread of 16 m (52 ft.) and diameter of 75.5 cm (30 in.).

The species has a number of common names, including Chinese Scholar and Japanse Pagoda tree. It is also known by the scientific name Styphnolobium japonicum. In traditional Chinese medicine the tree has many uses and the species is rich in folklore. A member of the pea family, it gets pretty white flowers late in the summer.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 4-208.

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Sophora japonica


sec. Vanderbilt 1994

common name: Chinese scholar tree
family: Fabaceae
Identified 1994 by Robert Kral


east of Buttrick Hall, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.1457°, -86.80231°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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Vanderbilt University, 1994. The Trees of Vanderbilt: Seven Walks Through the Vanderbilt University Arboretum. Office of Publications and Design, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, US.

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