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Japanese Pagoda Tree Burl

lat. Styphnolobium japonicum

Japanese Pagoda Tree Burl

Japanese pagoda tree (Styphnolobium japonicum) ©Jean-Pol GRANDMONTThe Japanese pagoda tree (Styphnolobium japonicum) is still found in its native Japan, Korea and China, but has since become a popular choice for parks and leafy boulevards around the world thanks to its decorative growth. The pod-shaped fruit are very interesting and are reminiscent of pearls on a string, but they are poisonous. The tree reaches heights of up to 70 feet. The pagoda tree is also grown as a source of food for bees.
The wood is hard and somewhat heavy. It can be easily confused with ash wood, as it has a similar, open-pored structured, but it is much more colorful with an overall gray-bluish color effect.

The burl is a real rarity and almost never found for sale.


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