Golden Rain Tree
Golden Rain Tree
Koelreuteria paniculataItem #5420 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
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Excellent shade tree, known for its neat habit and well-behaved root system. Medium-sized, open-branched form is ideal for parkways and patios. Blue-green foliage has nice fall color. Long panicles of fragrant flowers are followed by attractive, papery, lantern-like seed pods. A very effective and versatile landscape specimen. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing to 20 to 30 ft. high, 25 to 35 ft. wide.Key Feature:Year-round InterestBlooms:Late summerLandscape Uses:
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kol-ru-TEE-ri-a pan-ik-u-LA-taPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:2 - 24Growth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 20 to 30 ft. high, 25 to 35 ft. wide.Foliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:Late summerFlower color:YellowGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign IdeasThis is a highly recommended shade tree for its tidy habit and well-behaved root system. Its deep, non-invasive roots make it an approved street tree in many cities. Plant in narrow parkways and near patios. A good tree to plant under.Companion PlantsBlends into landscapes with small, colorful accent trees such as the tiny Petite SnowTM Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Monow') and Dwarf Red-leaf Plum (Prunus x cistena). Blends very nicely with the tidy and low-maintenance Variegated Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira 'Variegatum') and EnchantressTM Indian Hawthorn (Raphiolepis indica 'Moness'). Works very well with Brown-Eyed Rock Rose (Cistus ladanifer maculatus) and the yellow Sunburst Spreading Lantana (Lantana x 'Sunburst').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This tree was introduced to the west from China by the Jesuit missionary, Pierre d'Incarville in 1747. The trees were under successful cultivation in Jardin du Roi by 1763. The tree reached America by 1809 when Thomas Jefferson first germinated seeds sent to him by a French associate. It has since become a popular landscape tree worldwide.Lore:In China this tree was commonly planted to mark the graves of important officials, and it's often found on temple grounds throughout eastern Asia and Japan.