About This Plant

The golden rain tree, scientifically known as Koelreuteria paniculata, is a striking deciduous tree celebrated for its ornamental value. Originally from East Asia, it has gained popularity worldwide. It typically reaches 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 meters).

The Story

Leaf

The tree has compound leaves with a feathery appearance, typically consisting of 7 to 15 leaflets. The leaves are light green and turn yellow in autumn before dropping.

Produce

One of its most unique features is the clusters of small, bright yellow flowers, reminiscent of hanging lanterns, appearing in late spring to early summer. 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.
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