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Koelreuteria paniculata (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Koelreuteria paniculata (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Zone
Zones A2, 2-24, 28-41
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Koelreuteria paniculata

Goldenrain Tree
Sapindaceae
Deciduous, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries

KOELREUTERIA

Small trees native to eastern Asia noted for large, loose clusters of yellow flowers followed by fat, papery fruit capsules that resemble little Japanese lanterns. Capsules are used in both fresh and dried arrangements. Good patio, lawn, or street trees. Very adaptable to different soils as long as drainage is fairly good. Control self-sown seedlings.

Koelreuteria paniculata
Koelreuteria paniculata

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Koelreuteria paniculata

Grows to 20–35 ft. tall and 25–40 ft. wide. Open branching, giving slight shade. Leaves are to 15 in. long with 7–15 oval, toothed or lobed leaflets, each 1–3 in. long. New leaves are purplish, maturing to bright green in summer; may turn yellow to gold in fall, but fall foliage color is unreliable. Very showy, 8–14-in.-long flower clusters in early to midsummer. Fruit capsules are red when young, maturing to buff and brown shades; last well into autumn. Tree takes cold, heat, drought, and wind. Prune to shape; can be gawky without pruning.

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