Golden Rain Tree

The golden rain tree, known as Koelreuteria paniculata, is a striking deciduous tree celebrated for its ornamental value. Originally from East Asia, it has gained popularity worldwide.

The Appearance

A small to medium-sized deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and pinnate leaves. It produces large clusters of yellow flowers followed by papery, lantern-like seed pods.


The Produce

These transform into papery, bladder-like capsules containing round seeds, which, when mature, turn brown and resemble tiny Chinese lanterns, enhancing the tree's visual charm.


The Flowers

Produces large clusters of yellow flowers in summer, followed by lantern-like seed pods.


The Leaves

The leaves are light green and turn yellow in autumn before dropping.


The Bark

The bark is light brown and becomes more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including pollinators. The flowers are particularly attractive to bees.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and seed pods. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Golden Rain Tree is known for its showy yellow flowers and unique, lantern-like seed pods that add interest to gardens.

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