Millstone Japanese Pagodatree

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The perfect Japanese garden isn't complete without a Millstone Japanese Pagodatree (Sophora japonica 'Halka') intermingled with other Maples! Elegant upsweeping branches hold an abundance of bright green foliage during the warm months. They provide the perfect backdrop for the flower power right around the corner.

In the late spring to early summer, you'll find your tree alight with big bright 6-12 inch long creamy white panicles of creamy white bell-shaped flowers at the end of its branches. Beneficial pollinators and bees will folic among these unusual blooms! As if that weren't delightful enough, they carry a light sweet scent that seems to float through the air for days and days. Snag a few from the lower branches and bring them inside to accent your indoor bouquets!

This remarkable deciduous tree has a rounded canopy with strong branches ready and willing to take on the burden of these glorious leaves and pannicles. Not to mention the copious amounts of local pollinators who will definitely be by to see what all the fuss is about. Before the leaves give way for the coldest parts of the year, they'll shift from green to a brilliant yellow in the fall.

Planting and Application:

Previously known as Sophora japonica and may still be listed by that name at other growers. This tree is a gorgeous ornamental accent to a yard whether already filled with trees or as a single planting specimen as a garden anchor for all to see. Shade seating areas and patios with these smaller ornamental deciduous trees! You'll want to park a garden bench beneath the branching for a reading nook

Don't have a spot to take those fall family pictures each year? You do now! Pair with a Japanese Maple for gorgeous color contrast in both the summer and fall. Or underplant with flowering shrubs and groundcovers for a focal point that is a front yard, berm-worthy curb appeal tree! These are also commonly used as street trees if you have the room!

  • Perky Skyward Growing Branches
  • Bathed in Dark Green Foliage
  • Creamy White Summer Pannicles
  • Beloved by Pollinators!
  • Specimen, Four-Season Interest, & Great Shade Trees

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 through 10, Millstone is a fairly fast-growing tree that should be planted in full sun and, ideally, in well-drained soil. However, it's adaptable to both dry and moist conditions once established. Add a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch to hold in moisture and insulate the root systems of these refined trees. Prune in late winter or early spring to correct branching.

  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Moderate Moisture & Fertility
  • Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune Late Winter or Early Spring
  • Great Fall Color!

Don't have a spot to take those fall family pictures each year? You do now! You won't want to miss out on one of the hottest ornamental shade trees on the market today. Order one at before they're all gone!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Millstone Japanese Pagodatree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-10
Growing Zones 5-10
More Information
Brand Bower and Branch
Botanical Name Sophora japonica 'Halka'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 45 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes