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Goldenraintree Koelreuteria paniculata

Goldenraintree - Koelreuteria paniculata
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Showy yellow blossoms in early summer followed by papery hanging capsules through October. Adapts to many soil types and tolerates air pollution, drought, and alkalinity. Full sun. Grows to 30' to 40', 35' spread. (zones 5-9)

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Zones 5 - 9 Zones 5 - 9
Hardiness Zones 5 - 9
The Goldenraintree can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree
Type of tree
Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees
30' - 40' High 30' - 40' High
Mature Height
The Goldenraintree grows to be 30' - 40' feet in height.
35' Spread 35' Spread
Mature Spread
The Goldenraintree has a spread of about 35' at full maturity.
Medium to Fast Growth Medium to Fast Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium to fast growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This Goldenraintree does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Goldenraintree grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
Shape
This Goldenraintree has rounded, vase shape.
Attributes

The Goldenraintree is an excellent street tree, good for planting near utility lines and close to paved surfaces. It has a good resistance to pests and diseases. The brilliant flowers blooming into mid-summer extend the flowering season for landscapes.

Description

Showy yellow blossoms in early summer followed by papery hanging capsules through October. Adapts to many soil types and tolerates air pollution, drought, and alkalinity. Full sun. Grows to 30' to 40', 35' spread. (zones 5-9)

Wildlife Value

The Goldenraintree attracts bees.

History/Lore/Use

Native to China, Japan and Korea, the tree was introduced to America in 1763.

Moisture

Some drought tolerance.

Leaves

This tree's leaves grow in an alternate pattern, compound, 6 to 15 inches long, coarsely toothed leaflets. Sometimes the leaflets divide into two or more, making those leaves doubly compound.

Flower Color

Flowers of the Goldenraintree, as its name implies, are yellow. This color is rare among flowering trees. Each blossom is small, but held upright in pyramid-shaped clusters 12 to 18 inches long.

Bloom Time

Early June through July

Fruit Description

This tree produces fruit that look like little three-sided lanterns, light yellow to brown, containing hard, black seeds.