Golden Rain Tree

Botanical Name: Koelreutaria paniculata

Alternate Name: Goldenrain Tree, Goldenraintree

The Golden Rain tree (Koelreutaria paniculata) is an unusual and visually interesting tree, known for it’s beautiful panicles of golden flowers and sculptural seed pods. It is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree with an open growth habit and an attractive, irregularly rounded crown that can grow as wide as it does tall. This tree originates in Asia – Northern China, Korea, and Japan. It grows to a height of 30-40 feet with a spread of 30-40 feet.

The leaves of the Golden Rain tree emerge in the spring with attractive, purple tinged, bronze new growth. The foliage then matures to a bright green as the growing season progresses. In fall, the tree puts on a brilliant golden yellow display. The leaves are pinnately or bipinnately compound, with irregularly shaped, elliptical leaflets and coarsely toothed margins. Each leaf features 7-17 leaflets.

The flowers are stunning and cover the canopy in mid summer. The individual flowers are half an inch in size and make up showy panicles, 12-15 inches long. As the name suggests, the blooms then fall like ‘golden rain’ from the tree to make a bright yellow carpet on the sidewalk or landscape. Wonderful bright green seed pods that mature to bronze follow the flowers, providing another spectacle later in the season.

The Golden Rain tree thrives in full sun and is adaptable to different environmental conditions and soil types, preferring dry to moderate conditions. This tree can tolerate urban conditions and pollution and is a suitable size to plant as a street tree.

Height: 30-40 ft.

Width: 30-40 ft.

Shape: Round

Flower Color: Golden Yellow

Flowering Time: June-July

Fall Color: Yellow

Features: Summer blooming, beautiful blooms covering the canopy, interesting seed pods, fall color

Exposure: Full Sun

Watering: Dry to Moderate & Regular

Soil: Prefers moist and well-drained soil. Adaptable to many different soil types.

Growth Rate: Moderate

USDA Zones: 5-9

Uses: Street tree, accent tree, shade tree, flowering tree

Similar Trees: Coral Sun Golden Rain Tree (Koelreutaria paniculata 'Coral Sun')

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