Chinese Scholar Tree

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Chinese scholar tree at Jogyesa Temple in Seoul

Chinese scholar tree

The Chinese Scholar Tree is located next to Daeungjeon (Main Dharma Hall). It belongs to the pea family and is believed to be over 450 years old. It is 26 meters (85 feet) tell with a circumference of 4 meters (13 feet).

It August, it produces creamy white blossoms. During the fall, it produces strings of bead shaped fruit. In the winter, all the leaves fall off. In the spring, beautiful green leaves will begin to grow once again.

Often found planted near Buddhist temples and palaces, they are believed to convert negative energy into positive energy and happiness.

A 500 year Baeksong (Lacebark Pine Tree) is located just nearby.


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