Keele University Arboretum
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Pagoda Tree Styphnolobium japonica
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.
There is one by the White Well at the side of Keele Hall.