General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
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
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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

  • 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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