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Koelreuteria paniculata /Golden Rain Tree

Koelreuteria paniculata   / Koelreuteria paniculata
A mature flowering tree
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A mature flowering tree

Flowers and foliage

Young seed pods

Seed pods green, becoming brown as the approach maturity

Close-up of maturing seed pods

Seed pods at maturity are brown

Mature seed pods which open to release black seed

Trees produce many seed and seedling coming from these may become invasive

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

Lantern-like seed pods covering a lawn specimen in Atlanta in mid July

Relatively young tree covered with seed pods

Hanging lantern-like seed pods in July

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Scientific Name: Koelreuteria paniculata
Common Name: Golden Rain Tree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Green, Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories:
Comments: This species is not cold damaged as is K. bipinnata. This tree will grow in dry soils and is tolerant to urban conditions. It flowers in summer and the yellow flowers are quickly followed by green seed capsules that turn brown within a short period. Foliage turns a golden yellow in autumn.