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Golden Raintree

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This tree has an almost exotic appearance. The pretty flowing flowers look like exploding fireworks!

*images shown are of mature plants

Golden Raintree

Yellow Flowers Transform Into Golden Shoji Lanterns


The Benefits of Bare-Root Trees...

Bare-root trees are grown in a field and naturally have a larger root system than container grown trees. This means you get a plant that will become established quicker and provide you with superior growth in the spring.

Your tree arrives dormant (sleeping for the winter). Without foliage to support, it doesn't require as much water or nutrients to survive. So transplanting is stress-free.

If you plant in the winter, your roots will continue to grow and become more established. When spring arrives you will see bright new foliage appearing.

Selling bare-root trees allows us to offer you a higher quality product at a lower price.

5-6 ft.
Oversized Fee: $ 7.00 each

Ships Mon, Dec 29th
List: $ 139.90
Sale: $ 90.94
6 at $ 86.39 each
Golden Raintree
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Shade Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
$ 19.90
Sale: $ 12.94
Planting Mix for Shade Trees
Golden Raintree Planting Mix

Helps your Golden Raintree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
$ 13.98
Sale: $ 9.09
Golden Raintree
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
$ 11.90
Sale: $ 7.74

Golden Raintrees give you an incredible show... all year long! 

When the leaves first bud out in early spring, they’re a unique pink-red color, and eventually turn a deep green. 

Then come the long, airy sprays of color. 

It’s one of the few trees to feature yellow flowers that erupt in a glorious cascade all over the canopy in midsummer. 

The show gets even better when the seed pods start to form in late summer. They turn a deep, rich orange and look like tiny, golden-orange paper lanterns! 

But don’t let their delicate appearance fool you. These versatile champions stand up to heat, harsh climates and city pollution equally well. You often see them as street trees in urban environments and as fabulous focal points in groups of three to five in landscapes. Plant them 25-30 feet apart. 

They grow up to 30 ft. tall and 30 ft. wide, so they make great shade trees where you have little space. 

Golden Raintrees give you dense shade, but also make incredible flowering trees that can be the focal point of your landscape. 

Be sure to order your Golden Raintrees now. They're very popular, and we sell out every year!





Growing Zones: 5-9

Mature Height: 30 ft.
Mature Width: 30 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Excellent
Botanical Name: Koelreuteria paniculata
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-9
(blue area above)

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It's Easy to Plant your Golden Raintree

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Golden Raintree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Golden Raintree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Golden Raintree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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So far no problems, love the tree!
The tree arrived in good condition, great balance of foliage and roots, so there was nothing to do but plant it carefully.
The tree only lost about six leaflets which means no entire compound leaves have been lost from the tree since planted late spring thru mid September.
Tree was the height promised, the bark had no damage from shipping and delivery was prompt.
This was a tree I was having difficulty finding.
I Would recommend the tree and the seller.
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September 19, 2014
6 months ago
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Received tree Golden Raintree as a gift. It was about 6 inches tall when planted. The next spring it almost looked like a dead twig, but it has taken off and grown to 6 feet in one season. Cant wait for it to bloom next year
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December 31, 2012
I planted one 25 years ago and have never regretted a thing about this beautiful tree.
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December 31, 2012
Bought 2 a year was for myself...the other a gift...seem to be doing great...very pleased...has probably grown between 1 to 2 feet...
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
We ordered one of these in early June and were a little concerned that we were planting it too late. Thankfully, we've had a lot of rain in East TN. The tree arrived at about 5 1/2 feet tall. The trunk was very skinny and slightly bent to one side from the packaging. We staked it just a little bit with some twine and have kept watering it; and it is straightening up and looking great
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December 31, 2012
1 year ago
Howdy from Houston! Hi Pam, just received our two Golden Raintrees. FedEx got the delivery wrong so we were very worried about how they would do. They arrived very well packed, a bit dry, brown and wilted, but with water, sun and your planting mix, in ten days they have come back and are looking really healthy and great! We are planting them over our A/C Unit to keep it cool! Great service, lovely trees, we will be back
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
My tree has grown up to about 10 feet in a couple of years and looks great.....the first year it had 4 blossoms, 25 the next and this year it was loaded...hope to enjoy this beauty for many years to come
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December 31, 2012
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We purchased our golden rain tree last month for our 50th Ann. We had our landscape specialist plant it and have been watching it eagerly. The leaves are turning yellow now and we are concerned about it not doing well. It is about 12 feet tall and had a healthy root ball.
Any recommendations???
Gwen L on Jun 20, 2014
Best Answer: Mine doesn't like too much water. Dig down and see if it's wet. Only water when it's dry.
Your new tree is 12 feet tall? Call the Landscape Specialist back to diagnose this problem.
He planted it, right? 12 foot trees are expensive!
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Is this tree an evergreen?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: no, it is deciduous. It looses its leaves in the fall
Reply · Report · Rebecca H on Jun 29, 2014
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are they adaptable to south texas weather?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: The Golden Raintree will adapt very well to Southern Texas weather.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 17, 2014
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I purchased 3 of these golden rain trees from this company 2 years ago; now 2 trees are about 6' tall and 1 is about 3' tall. One of the larger trees looks as if it is barely surviving, the other 6' tree is doing quite well, and the smallest one is doing beautifully. None of the trees have bloomed yet and I wonder when I can expect the lovely yellow blooms. I have petted these trees since they arrived and am worried about the puny one. It has sprouts only from the very top of the tree and very few of those. It is planted in a partly shaded area, partly sunny whereas the large one that is doing well is planted in full sun. When will the trees begin to form blooms?
A shopper on Jul 13, 2014
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what kind of fertilizer do you use for the golden rain tree?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: I used fertilzer stakes for my golden rain tree and it has done great so far.
Reply · Report · Tammy C on Jul 12, 2014
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Does it grow fast?
Slick on Jun 21, 2014
Best Answer: It has grown about two feet in less than a year.
Reply · Report · Patricia B on Jun 21, 2014
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do the seed pods drop off the tree?
A shopper on Aug 5, 2014
Best Answer: I have only had mine for 1 year...a few of the pods have dropped but the rest are still on the tree! This is a beautiful tree!!! I am not dissapointed at all!!!!!
Reply · Report · paula c on Aug 6, 2014
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how fast dose it grow?
Maryjane F on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: Golden Rain Tree is not a fast growing tree. In one year my tree has grown about an inch with a few new limbs.
Reply · Report · Faye T on Jun 8, 2014
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how cold tolerant is the raintree?
A shopper on Oct 17, 2014
Best Answer: I live in Northeast Florida where temperatures can go as low as 20 degrees at night during the winter,
especially last year. My golden raintree survived just fine.
Reply · Report · Douglas N on Oct 17, 2014
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I have a dog, specifically a German Shepard, and was wondering if the fruit dropped from the tree would harm him in any way other than him possibly choking? I've been planning a garden as a birthday present to myself and would greatly appreciate a response before then. Thank you!
PS any knowledge on the toxicity of morning glories to dogs would also be greatly appreciated!
Jackson L on Jul 25, 2014
Best Answer: Sorry; I planted mine last year and it is growing more slowly than expected and hasn't bloomed yet.
Reply · Report · Sue E on Jul 26, 2014
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Our golden rain tree has millions of red bugs on and around it. A friend of ours has a golden rain tree approx. 20 miles from us and they to have these same red bugs. what are these bugs and how do we get rid of them? Are theses red bugs often associated with the rain trees ? we live in upstate South C

A shopper on Jul 21, 2014
Best Answer: I live in Northeast Florida and do not have red bugs on my golden rain tree. So I do not know
what they are nor how to eliminate them.
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This tree is reported to be "street friendly". How close to the street/driveway can I plant it and not inhibit it's growth rate or mature size?
John H on Jul 20, 2014
Best Answer: You can plant it as close as 5 feet to structures. How ever this tree gets 30 feet tall and 30 feet wide, so the branches may require pruning if it's close to a building.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 25, 2014
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I live in Florida zone 9, when is the best time to plant this tree? Spring? summer? Any recommendations?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: I would recommend waiting until the early Fall before planting your Golden Raintree. It's best to plant in the early Spring or early Fall. However if your temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above it will be fine to go ahead and plant your tree now.
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I'm in the tampa florida area and already have a golden rain tree. It's about 25 feet tall and the top and side branches did not produce any leaves. Can i do something to bring it back?
A shopper on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: Scratch the branches with a coin or your fingernail. If green underneath the bark leave the branches, they'll recover. If brown is under the bark cut the branches back to the trunk of the tree and it should recover.
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How to track my order?
Billy H on Oct 21, 2014
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how long does it take for shipping?
Billy H on Oct 21, 2014
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Is there a picture of what it looks like when it arrives at my house? please
Michelle G on Oct 16, 2014
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How long can I keep a seeding in a clay pot before planting it outside ? How tall and what should the diameter be before planting it outside. I have a full grown tree, the small ones i put into pots were volunteers.
Kevin O on Oct 2, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
  Zone 5 April 13th
  Zone 6 March 30th
How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $11.95
$15.00-$23.99 $12.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$79.99 $19.95
$80.00-$98.99 $24.95
$99+ ~32%

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.