Pagoda tree (Styphnolobiumjaponicum)


The pagoda tree is native to eastern Asia and was brought to Japan. It is a popular tree in northern areas because of its white flowers that bloom in late summer. The pagoda tree is often used in bonsai horticulture.
Lectins (proteins) from the pagoda tree have been used for cell function monitoring after kidney transplant.
A few lab and animal studies have been done on anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and radioprotective properties of the pagoda tree. Currently there is not enough available evidence in humans to support the use of pagoda tree for any medical condition.

Related Terms

Chinese scholar tree, Chinese scholartree, enju (Japanese), Fabaceae (family), galactomannan, genistein, Guilty Chinese Scholar Tree, Guilty Chinese Scholartree, huai-chiao (Chinese), huai-hua (Chinese), huai-mi (Chinese), Japanese pagoda tree, Japanese pagodatree, kaempferol derivatives, letins, Leguminosae (family), maltol derivatives, pagodatree, quercetin, quercetin derivatives, rutin, sophorabioside, Sophora flower bud, Sophora flower buds, Sophora japonica, sophoricoside, Styphnolobiumjaponicum, Styphnolobiumjaponicum (L.) Schott.

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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.