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Koelreuteria bipinnata /Chinese Flame Tree

Koelreuteria bipinnata  / Koelreuteria bipinnata
Autumn color is just one of the many features of this fast growing tree
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Autumn color is just one of the many features of this fast growing tree

Seed pods following flowering

Close-up of autumn foliage color

Tree gets its name from the fact that the yellow flowers that appear in early October fall like rain and cover the ground

A large showy panicle of flowers

Panicle of flowers with developing seed pods near by

Specimen lawn tree in early flowering stage

Huge panicles of lantern-like seed pods silhouetted against a blue sky can be a handsome sight

Close-up of seed pods

Mature seed pods containing black seeds

Seed pods in October

Half mature seed pods

Seed at peak color in October

Flower in early fall

Bipinnate leaves

Comaprison of leaf types of K. paniculata and K. bipinnata

Collage of features of Chinese Flame Tree

Bipinnate leaf of the Chinese Flame Tree

In Disney World in early December with a heavy seed set

Tree can have many, many seed pods

Pinkish seed pods in early December in Florida

Flowers and foliage


Beautiful specimen tree growing in Baton Rouge, LA

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Scientific Name: Koelreuteria bipinnata
Common Name: Chinese Flame Tree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Fall
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
Landscape Categories: Plants for Autumn Color
Comments: Leaves are bipinnately compound. Yellow flowers in fall are soon followed by hot pink seed pods that are spectacular in the autumn landscape. The pink fades from the pods and they become tan, then brown and each holds two to four black seeds. The tree usually has brilliant autumn color. Scales inscets are infrequently a problem.