Koelreuteria paniculata – Golden Rain Tree

Koelireuteria Paniculata - Golden Rain Tree
Louise Sims

AUGUST:
Koelreuteria paniculata – Golden Rain Tree.

Attractive to bees -
Koelreuteria Paniculata – or Golden Rain Tree

 

Loving the sun
Sun-loving and happy in a free-draining spot, it offers great seed pods and wonderful autumn foliage

That I love propagating all plants goes without saying, but above all I have a particular fondness for trees that I have raised from seed. So much is invested: the collection, the sowing, the waiting, the watching, the watering. Then by magic, or so it seems, a tiny green shoot appears, and others soon follow.

So a few years ago I was walking through the Cambridgeshire village of Hemingford Grey with my sister, when we stopped in our tracks to admire a beautiful ‘Golden Rain Tree’ in the churchyard. Instantly I made a mental note to ask Fran to return in a few weeks time to collect some seed.

Why is it also known as Pride of India, when it comes from China? No matter! The showy panicles of flowers (loved by bees) produce an airy haze of clear yellow in midsummer, followed by interesting seed pods. In the autumn, the ferny foliage turns a wonderful butter yellow.

Sun is a must, and it likes good drainage. I know that to my cost. I wish I had not made a bet with Fran that mine would grow taller and stronger … I forgot the grit at planting time!

NB Koelreuteria Paniculata is deciduous and grows to about seven metres of 23 set tall.

Summer

2 Comments

  1. I grew this very successfully in North Yorkshire but in Cornwall it is sulking and yet to flower after 7 years. Thanks – now I know why – I had great free draining soil in Yorkshire and heavy compacting clay soil here in Cornwall. I’m still hoping it will come good and perform for me.

    Annie Agnew

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