I love propagating all plants, 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 or 23 feet tall.
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