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Koelreuteria paniculata

Golden-rain tree

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (37372)

Plant details

Although sometimes known as Pride of India, this handsome smallish tree actually comes from China. Its attractive foliage is accompanied in the summer by a fine display of elegant sprays of bright yellow flowers, which is especially good in warm, sheltered sites. The flowers are followed by inflated bladder-like fruits. Its dark red bark is striking in winter and contrasts handsomely with the new pinkish-red foliage produced in spring. In autumn, the leaves turn bright yellow and fall early. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Sapindaceae

Genus: Koelreuteria

Species: paniculata

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 1000cm

Flowering period: July to August


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