A genus of hardy deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs mostly natives of China, India and Japan, one being a native of New Mexico and another indigenous to Chile. They thrive well in any good well-drained loamy soil not too stiff.

Sophora Japonica, the Japanese Pagoda Tree, is the most handsome of the genus, having a graceful form and pleasing outline.

Propagate by seeds sown one-quarter of an inch deep in the open ground in Spring. The weeping and variegated forms are increased by grafting, in Winter, on the common stock at the height of stem desired.

Plant in a rather low, well-sheltered situation and give plenty of water at the roots during the growing season.