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A beautiful, large tree with a spreading crown of pinnate leaves that turn bright yellow in autumn. The flowers are small and white and are followed by elongate pods. The flowers are edible and used in Chinese cuisine as well as in traditional Chinese medicine. Styphnolobium japonicum Is native to Korea, Japan and China, where it grows in dryish forests and thickets, usually on sandy, well drained soils. In cultivation it is best suited to temperate climates in USDA Zones 5 to 9.