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Golden Rain Tree - Koelreuteria paniculata Golden Rain Tree Leaves
Goldenrain Tree
G. Lumis
Leaves of Goldenrain Tree
G. Lumis

Scientific Name: Koelreuteria paniculata

Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 30 to 40 feet
Spread: May be equal to height
Shape: Spreading

Bright green summer foliage turns yellow in fall. Large yellow flowers are followed by bladder-like, green fruit that changes to yellow and then brown.

Plant Needs:
Zone: 5 to 9
Light: Partial shade to full sun
Moisture: Wet, moist, or dry
Soil Type: Sandy, loam or clay
pH Range: 3.5 to 7.3

Suggested uses for this plant include shade and specimen plant.

Planting Notes:
Tolerates wide range of soil conditions.
Tolerates drought, heat, wind, and air pollution.
Transplants best as a small tree with balled and burlapped roots.

Requires little maintenance.
If required, prune during the winter. 

No serious insect or disease pests.

Consult local sources, including historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.

No important cultivars.

The large, conspicuous, yellow flower clusters are produced in late June when few other trees are in bloom. The bladder-like fruit hangs like clusters of small Chinese lanterns until late in the fall. Recommended for urban conditions. Most effective in informal landscape situations. 

This material was developed by Carol Ness as part of the Interactive Design and Development Project funded by the Kellogg Foundation. Mary Miller, Project Director. Diane Relf, Content Specialist, Horticulture. Copyright 1989 by VCE.