Goldenrain Tree

Learn more about the goldenrain tree and its environment.
goldenraintree

goldenraintree

Plant Type:

Deciduous tree

Botanical Name:

Koelreuteria paniculata

Hardiness:

USDA Zones 5 to 8

The golden raintree (also called panicled goldenraintree) is a small- to midsized tree with a broadspreading canopy of medium-green leaves. In midsummer, footlong panicles of yellow flowers hang from the branches. Eventually long seedpods form, at first green, then turning brown in early fall. Grows 25 to 40 feet tall and wide (or possibly wider). Fall color is variable, usually yellow to golden and sometimes orangish-yellow.

Culture:

Give this tree full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils.

How to Use It:

Because of its adaptability to acid and alkaline soils, drought, heat and pollution, the goldenraintree has been successfully used as a street tree in many cities. Its wide canopy and medium stature make this a great selection for providing shade in small- to mid-sized lots. It's also not usually bothered by significant pests or disease. Its downsides: some gardeners may consider the hanging brown pods the tree's least attractive stage, and the pods have to be swept up, not only for neatness but to avoid having to pull up seedlings the next spring.

Selected Cultivars:

  • 'September'. Blooms in late summer; not as cold-hardy as the species.

     

  • Keep Reading

    Next Up

    Planting Trees

    Use these planting tips to ensure your trees get the best start possible.

    Planting Japanese Maple Trees

    Compact, colorful trees in pots make a lovely addition to a yard or patio.

    What to Plant Under Trees

    Find out all you need to know about underplanting from a garden expert.

    Trash Trees: Avoid Planting Messy, Smelly Trees

    Advice for keeping messy tree varieties out of your yard.

    Lavender Trees

    Set your sights on growing a lavender tree or topiary.

    Dogwood Tree Facts

    What you should know about dogwood trees, a four-season beauty.

    1,000+ Photos

    Browse beautiful photos of our favorite outdoor spaces: decks, patios, porches and more.

    On TV

    Living Alaska

    6:30am | 5:30c

    Flea Market Flip

    7:30am | 6:30c

    Flea Market Flip

    8:30am | 7:30c

    Flea Market Flip

    9:30am | 8:30c

    Flea Market Flip

    10:30am | 9:30c

    Flea Market Flip

    11:30am | 10:30c

    Fixer Upper

    12pm | 11c
    1pm | 12c

    House Hunters

    1:30pm | 12:30c

    House Hunters

    2:30pm | 1:30c

    House Hunters

    3:30pm | 2:30c

    House Hunters

    4:30pm | 3:30c

    House Hunters

    5:30pm | 4:30c

    House Hunters

    6:30pm | 5:30c

    House Hunters

    7:30pm | 6:30c
    On Tonight
    On Tonight

    My Lottery Dream Home

    8pm | 7c

    House Hunters

    10pm | 9c

    House Hunters

    11pm | 10c

    My Lottery Dream Home

    12:30am | 11:30c

    House Hunters

    1am | 12c

    Follow Us Everywhere

    Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.