The Q&A Archives: Yellow Flowers on Tree

Question: I recently saw a tree in Kentucky that I did not recognize, but would like to plant in my yard in Virginia. It was a small green tree with yellow fronds or flowers. My daughter said she thought it was a Kentucky Coffee tree, but according to your description of this tree, it has pinkish colored flowers not yellow. I would appreciate any help you can give me in identifying this tree

Answer: It is possible you saw the Panicled Goldenrain Tree (also called Varnish Tree) or Koelreuteria paniculata blooming -- it blooms in a delightful and striking yellow in June or July depending on your zone. It is a medium sized tree and is hardy from zones 5 to 9.

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