This former state champion that stands in front of Buttrick Hall is a well-known tree at Vanderbilt and you can learn more about its story by going to its history page
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.