Golden Rain Tree

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Four-Seasons Ornamental Golden Rain Tree!

  • Long-Lasting Display of Yellow Blooms
  • Ornamental Chinese Lantern Seed Display
  • Orange-Yellow Fall Color
  • Attractive Bark
  • Tough, Rugged, Easy Care
  • Fast Growing Once Established
  • Tolerates Urban Pollution
  • Muffles Traffic Noise
  • Extremely Drought Tolerant
  • Umbrella Shaped Canopy Looks Tidy and Full
  • One of the Best Honeybee Trees

The amazing bright yellow flowers of the popular landscape tree, Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) last for a month - or more - in summertime. They'll make you stop and stare. And the heavenly fragrance is out of this world!

Kids love the "Firecracker Tree" with it's 15-inch long panicles of lovely yellow blooms with red centers. Golden Rain Trees bloom late with a splashy display of intense yellow flowers, one of the few to show this color. Yellow is a rare color for flowering trees.

You'll love watching the pinkish to bronze leaf buds emerge in spring to almost purple before opening to a bright green. The leaves are made up of 7 to as many as 17 individual leaflets. Our horticulture team calls it a pinnate of bipinnately compound leaves, but you'll appreciate their soft, feathery look.

The deep blue-green color also really helps those brilliant yellow flowers to pop! In fall, you'll be glad to know the leaves give a wonderful fall display of orange-yellow color.

This is a spunky, pretty tree that's always doing something ornamental in the landscape. Once it's established, it can grow 2 - 3 feet a year in certain parts of the country.

You've probably watched Golden Rain Trees in your area develop showy, air-filled papery fruit capsules that look like tiny little Chinese Lanterns dangling from the branches in fall. They'll start off flushed with salmon pink-orange, and turn light pistachio green, then deepen into chocolate brown.

The Golden Rain Tree has a lovely, Oriental look, with a broadly spreading canopy. Even in winter, you'll enjoy the pleasing branch structure and attractive bark.

This is an excellent shade tree, known for its rounded crown and well-behaved root system. A medium-sized tree, it features an open-branched form that looks just like a cute, upside-down umbrella once mature.

Give it room to grow into it's mature spread, or width. This tree is disease and pest free and when planted in the right location requires very little extra upkeep.

We recommend using it in an informal way, with groundcover plants established underneath it. The root system is deep, so it's easy to grow shade-tolerant smaller plants underneath.

A native of the Northern China and Japan, the Golden Rain Tree is a deciduous tree valued for its tolerance to drought, it's beauty and durability. And ask any local butterfly or honeybee, it's prized as a nectar source, too. What a thoughtful ornamental tree to help support local pollinators.

Able to adapt to a wide range of soil types and tolerate harsh city environments, it's used by urban forestry planners in city parks and commercial businesses where other trees may have difficulties in getting established.

Order the Golden Rain Tree today! It's one of the most desirable water-wise trees in the world and would be a splendid addition to your landscape.

How to Use Golden Rain Tree in the Landscape

There are a lot of things to love about this versatile and lovely tree. It can be used in many landscape applications.

Use one as a small shade tree in your yard planting or 20 feet from the patio. You'll love the effortless way Golden Rain Tree works as an accent tree.

Live near traffic noise? Use Golden Rain Tree as a beautiful backdrop along your property line. It muffles traffic noise, and isn't bothered by air pollution.

For a gorgeous broad avenue along your property line, plant multiple trees 20 feet apart on center. You'll measure from the trunk of one to the trunk of the next.

The root system is deep and non-invasive. It can be used near paving and concrete without damage. It is a great choice for narrow median strips and walkways in informal settings. And this tree is so tough that it is well adapted to the harsh conditions of a parking lot shade tree.

It makes a fantastic single specimen tree in a created dry creek or rock garden. Rugged Golden Rain Tree is wonderful in pastures, homesteads and farms. Plant several near beehives to boost honey production.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Give this sun-loving tree a planting site where it will receive full sun throughout the day. It is widely adapted, but does prefer well-drained soil.

Apply a slow-release fertilizer in late winter to feed the tree all year.

Golden Rain Tree takes well to pruning to control the height and spread, if needed. The best time to prune is in fall or late winter.

It's a good idea to lightly prune the tips of the branches for several years while your tree is young. This will help encourage additional branching.

Plant groundcover at the base to reduce any need to clean up from flowers, seed pods and fruit. This is an outstanding showy tree in a natural area.

In certain areas with high humidity, remove seedlings as needed. Nature Hills uses Plant Sentry, an online system that blocks the sale of plants that work "too well" in certain areas. We follow every federal, state and local regulation to the letter. It's our job to help protect your local environment from plants that behave invasively in your local climate. Please buy plant material responsibly to avoid costly mistakes.

Golden Rain Tree is a splendid addition to your landscape. Its hardy nature and year-round show make it a valuable addition to any yard. In the dryer climates, this tree is invaluable and a "must-have" for many home and municipal locations. Order now!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Golden Rain Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Koelreuteria paniculata
Mature Height 30 - 40 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low
Growth Rate Fast, Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes