When in bloom, the Golden Rain Tree produces elongated panicles of bright yellow flowers that shoot off branches like sunny bursts of fireworks. This flowering specimen has a wonderfully tidy habit requiring little maintenance that seems to put an emphasis on the pinkish-bronze bursts of feathery new foliage that continuously add color through the growing season. Its compound leaves later show bright green and blue tones that are even further highlighted when the tree blooms bright sunny-yellow flowers. When these flowers drop their innumerable amounts of petals to carpet the underlying ground, it creates the illusion of a light golden-yellow rain, thus earning the tree its unique name. With long leaves that shift colors with the season and unmissable bursts of sunny blooms, the Golden Rain Tree is a true ornamental. Golden Rain Tree, botanical name Koelreuteria paniculata, is suited to USDA zones 6-9 and reaches a height/spread of 30 ft. to 40 ft. Foliage emerges with pinkish-bronze and violet tones and matures to bright blue green, turning yellow in fall. With its sunny-yellow elongated blossoms that appear to shoot out of the foliage, low watering requirements and neat growth habits, its easy to see why the Golden Rain Tree has become a worldwide favorite since its introduction to Europe and North America in the 1700s.
- Bare root, 3 ft. to 4 ft. tall and 2-years old
- Produces elongated panicles of bright yellow flowers that shoot off branches like sunny bursts of fireworks
- Compound leaves show bright green and blue tones
- Very versatile, has been a worldwide favorite ornamental tree for almost 300-years
- Pinkish-bronze bursts of feathery new growth continuously add color through the growing season
- Excellent urban tree, tolerates road salt run-off, drought and pollution