Golden Rain Tree

Koelreuteria paniculata

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.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationkol-ru-TEE-ri-a pan-ik-u-LA-ta
LoreIn 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 20 to 30 ft. high, 25 to 35 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen
Growth Habit7
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseMass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsCrape Myrtle (Lagertroemia); Variegated Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira); Lantana (Lantana); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Rock Rose (Cistus); Red-Leaf Plum (Prunus x cistena)

Provide average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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