Golden Rain Tree

Koelreuteria paniculata

Goldenrain Tree-blooming

When other plants look hot and worn out during the summer, the Goldenrain Trees opens its stunning yellow blooms. In the fall, the leaves turn a beautiful golden-yellow color for a few days. The Goldenrain Tree grows a rounded canopy with wide-spreading branches and attractive light brown bark. This tree is a fast grower if it has good drainage and low to medium water. If it is planted in soggy soil, it will grow more slowly.

When the small flower petals break apart, they do fall like rain for a few days. The flowers are followed by inflated pods that look like Japanese lanterns. People often cut and bring the pods inside for flower arranging. The lanterns start out bright green in the summer and turn golden brown in the fall. They fall a few weeks later than the leaves do.

Goldenrain tree seedlings can pop up from the seeds, these are not a problem in a lawn because the mower will cut them off. But if they come up in a landscaped area, you should pull them out.

Good for a low irrigation landscape.

Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 25-40 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast

Irrigation needed: low to medium
Fall Color: Yellow
Flowers: Yellow clusters, 8 to 14 in. long, summer
Seeds/Fruit: Showy 2″ pods, look like Japanese lanterns

Planting Distances
Foundation: 15 feet
Drives/Patios: 6 feet
Fence: 6 feet