The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Pagoda Tree Styphnolobium japonica

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Despite its name it is a native of China and was introduced to Japan. The common name may derive from the fact that it was widely planted in the grounds of Buddhist temples. It is a popular tree ornamental tree in Europe, North America and South Africa. A member of Fabaceae or pea family, it is grown for its pendulous racemes of white flowers which form in late summer after most other flowering trees have long finished flowering; similar to the False Acacia. It grows to around 10–20 m tall with an equal spread but usually flowers at 30-40 years old. It has yet to flower at Keele.

Location : There is one by the White Well at the side of Keele Hall and one below Keele Hall on the field side.