Contrary to its name, the Japanese pagoda is an ornamental shade tree native to China and Korea. It is able to withstand the rigors of urban life and still stage a late summer show of fragrant, white flowers and green leaves that persist well into autumn. Pagoda trees can be found on the Capitol grounds, Dupont Circle, and the National Cathedral. Casey Trees designated one Japanese Pagoda Tree in President’s Park the D.C. Champion – the largest of its kind in the District.
Size and Light Requirements
This tree does best in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Once established, a newly planted pagoda Tree can be expected to reach 40 feet in height in approximately 40 years.
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You can get up to $50 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.
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All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, D.C.
Once established, a newly planted pagoda Tree can be expected to reach 40 feet in height in approximately 40 years.
This tree does best in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
Leaves retain green color late into fall, eventually turning to greenish yellow
Requires 25 gallons of water per week for the first three years.