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Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

Golden-rain tree (Koelreuteria paniculata)

Small trees

Golden-rain tree
Golden-rain tree

  • Maximum height
    20 feet
  • Relative growth rate
  • Freedom from insect pests
  • Freedom from disease problems
  • Resistance to storm damage
  • Will grow on poorly drained soil
  • Will grow in hot, dry areas
  • Easy to transplant
  • Withstands city conditions

Golden-rain tree

The large, conspicuous yellow flower clusters of the golden rain tree (Figure 7) are produced in late June when few other trees are in bloom. The flowers are followed by showy bladderlike fruit that hang like clusters of small chinese lanterns until late in the fall. Its wide-spreading branching is especially well suited for the small yard. It will grow in a wide variety of soils and has no serious insect or disease pests. However, it is a relatively short-lived tree.

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