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, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 20 to 30 ft. high, 25 to 35 ft. wide.
- 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; reaches 20 to 30 ft. high, 25 to 35 ft. wide.Special features:Easy Care, Fall Color, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage 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 PlantsCrape Myrtle (Lagertroemia); Variegated Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira); Lantana (Lantana); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Rock Rose (Cistus); Red-Leaf Plum (Prunus x cistena)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- 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.