Golden Rain Tree

Koelreuteria paniculata

Koelreuteria paniculata (Golden Rain Tree) - full view

Full view

Koelreuteria paniculata (Golden Rain Tree) - leaves

Foliage detail

Koelreuteria paniculata (Golden Rain Tree) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 20-40'; Spread: 20-40')

  • Growth:

    Moderate

  • Character:

    Deciduous; eventually flat-topped form; light canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Medium green, serrated leaves with oval leaflets 1-3" long. New foliage is reddish. Fall foliage is yellow; tree is bare October-February.

  • Flower:

    Late summer yellow flower clusters 8-14" long, bloom June-August. 

  • Fruit:

    Buff colored, 2" papery seed capsules. 

  • Bark:

    Gray-brown plates with reddish fissures.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Needs early pruning to train a good shape, pruning less frequently with age. Sidewalk clean-up during flower and leaf drop.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), poor drainage, any soil, smog, temperature extremes.

  • Special Considerations:

    Prefers sun and warmth, does not tolerate fog or steady winds. Needs extra water in hot conditions.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Asia. Attractive papery fruit capsules.