Golden Rain Tree Tree
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Golden Rain Tree Tree
Golden Rain Tree Leaf
Golden Rain Tree Additional Product Shot 427
Golden Rain Tree Additional Product Shot 428
Golden Rain Tree Additional Product Shot 526
Golden Rain Tree Additional Product Shot 527

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 30-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Golden Rain Tree
Koelreuteria paniculata
$225.00
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As the only yellow-flowering tree of summer, Golden Rain Tree (or Golden Raintree) is unmistakable. When other trees have traded spring flowers for a simple cloak of green, your Golden Rain Tree will be throwing out feathery sprays of sunny yellow flowers by the hundreds, the canopy vibrating from the steady hum of happy pollinators. This fast-growing, medium-sized tree looks best planted mid-lawn, either showcased in the front yard or given a site around back, where its spreading limbs will give the kids a shady place to climb and play. Rugged and adaptable, Golden Rain brings its cheerful golden blossoms to any sunny site - even to the mean streets of the city.

 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 30-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

The Golden Rain Tree of China, Japan, and Korea has been known to the West since the mid-1700s.  At that time, a French Jesuit and amateur botanist from France, Pierre d’Incarville, was sent on a mission to China in hopes of converting the Chinese Emperor Qianlong to Catholicism.  d’Incarville didn’t win the conversion, but did manage to introduce some new Asian plants to the West, including this tree.  To gain entrance to the Imperial Gardens, he schmoozed the Emperor with a fun plant called “Sensitive Plant,” which folds up when touched.

The Details

No umbrella necessary! Not too many trees shower you with bright yellow flower clusters - especially during the summer months! These showy flowers are set against a backdrop of bright green leaves. New foliage emerges showing a tinge of red. Attractive fruit pods supply fall and winter interest. Named for Joseph Gottlieb Koelreuter (an 18th century botanist), this Golden Rain Tree is great used in small gardens, as a shade tree for your patio, or even as a specimen tree!

How to Grow

Golden Rain Trees can tolerate a lot and they’re easy to grow as well. When covered with foliage they take on a “tropical” look, but they show a coarse branch texture decorated with seed pods in fall and winter. (Those seed pods are also a great dried decoration for you crafty people out there). Golden Rain Trees prefer areas with full sun and well-drained soil. The Golden Rain Tree is pest free and once it becomes established in your landscape – it will also tolerate drought conditions. Apply a medium rate fertilizer in fall. You only need to apply once a year for about the first 3 years. Golden Rain Trees bloom in the middle of summer. So when you feel it’s necessary to give your tree a “haircut”, do so in early spring. This will give your tree a few months to form flower buds.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 35'
Avg Mature Width 35'
Spacing 30-40'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Time Summer
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award Yes
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

8-10' tall single stem form grown in our #15 tree container. Stem caliper 1-1 1/2" with developed branching and form.

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Golden Rain Tree Tree
Golden Rain Tree Leaf
Golden Rain Tree Additional Product Shot 427
Golden Rain Tree Additional Product Shot 428
Golden Rain Tree Additional Product Shot 526
Golden Rain Tree Additional Product Shot 527