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Golden rain tree

Koelreuteria paniculata

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.244 W94 53.051

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Leaves are alternate, pinnately compound, with seven to 15 leaflets

Native Locale:
China, Korea, Japan

Mature Height:
30 to 40 feet

Mature Width:
30 to 50 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 5

Soil Preference:
Adaptable to wide range of soils; withstands drought, heat, wind, and alkaline soils

Growth Habit:
Beautiful dense tree of regular rounded outline, sparingly branched, the branches spreading and ascending

Rate of Growth:
Medium to Fast, 10 to 12' over a 5 to 7 years

Disease and Insect:
None too serious; coral- spot fungus, leaf spot, canker, wilt, root rot, and nematodes are possible

Landscape Value:

Additional Notes:

  • Flowers: The tree produces showy yellow flowers in July
  • Fruit: The fruit is equally as impressive. Papery three-sided capsules hang in clusters like tiny Chinese lanterns
  • The genus name is in reference to Joseph Koelreuter, pioneer in the study of hybridization.


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