General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 30 - 40 feet
Plant Spread: 35 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Common names
  • Golden Rain Tree
  • Panicled Goldenraintree
  • Goldenrain Tree
  • Pride of India
  • China Tree
  • Varnish Tree

Photo Gallery
Photo by hlutzow
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2022-10-17
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: Summer 2011
Blooms just appearing
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: Late summer 2011
Young seed pods on Golden Rain Tree
Location: Hartford, CT
Date: 09-21-2013

Date: c. 1800-05
illustration by P. J. Redouté from Duhamel's 'Traité des arbres
Location: Pinehurst, NC (Sandhills Horticultural Garden)
Date: August 17, 2022
Golden Raintree #93 nn;  LHB page 641, 116-5-1, "After Joseph G.
Location: Barnes Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Date: 11/2021
Location: Dow Gardens, Midland, Michigan
Date: 2019-10-10
A characteristic leaf, both pinnate and bipinnate.  The outer lea
Location: Washington
Date: 2015-10-31
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: 2011-10-02
Dried seed pods, Golden Raintree
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-09-23
Photo by hlutzow
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.
Date: 2007-10-11
2:48 pm. Koelreuteria Lanterns above the Saskatoon tree.
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-10-06
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2018-03-09
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2016-05-07
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: 2012-05-03
Spring leaves
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2014-07-20
Location: Dow Gardens, Midland, Michigan
Date: 2019-09-26
Golden Rain Tree, Koelreuteria paniculata, in fall colors. Native
Location: Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna
credit: Athenchen
Location: Denver Metro CO
Date: 2012-09-29
You can see the seeds inside the \"lanterns\"
Location: Hartford, CT
Date: 09-21-2013

Date: 2004-06-11
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-08-08
Decked out with developing seedpods in early August
Location: Yukon, Oklahoma
Date: 2012-06-18
Green seed pods.
Location: Yukon, Oklahoma
Date: 2012-05-21
top of tree with bright yellow blooms
Location: Denver Metro, CO
Date: 2012-05-02
New leaves.  This is 1st year tree for me (planted autumn 2011).
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Sandhills Horticultural Garden)
Date: August 17, 2022
Golden Raintree #93 nn;  LHB page 641, 116-5-1, "After Joseph G.
Location: Denver Metro CO
Date: 2012-09-29
the \"lanterns\" as they're dried out.
Location: Yukon, Oklahoma
Date: 2012-05-22
leaves on slender branch
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Comments:
  • Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 11:05 AM concerning plant:
    Tolerates zone 5 winter w/no protection, and pretty generous with blooms for a little young tree. Blooms have no scent as far as I can tell, but they do attract bees. Seed pods are so adorable! Does not seem to suffer from sun scalding in the winter, either. Blooms mid-summer, which is a nice as most trees bloom spring/early summer.
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Oct 2, 2011 3:54 PM concerning plant:
    This is a young tree, started from seed in '06. It's a bit of a slow grower here in zone 7, but this year it reached a height of about 10 feet, bloomed and also produced the golden seed pods that give it its name. It's a gorgeous little tree, and though the pods stayed lime green until mid September, they are now a rich coppery red color and still clinging to the tree this first weekend of October.
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