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Growing Zones: 5-9

Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
(green area above)

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

30 ft.

Mature Width:

30 ft.


Full Sun

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Koelreuteria paniculata

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Yellow Flowers Transform Into Golden Shoji Lanterns

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!

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Customer Reviews

4.1 / 5.0
11 Reviews
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Growth Rate
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.
September 19, 2014
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
I planted one 25 years ago and have never regretted a thing about this beautiful tree.
December 31, 2012
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
December 31, 2012
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
December 31, 2012
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
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
Growth Rate
The deer love it!
Doubt it will survive as the deer partake regardless of my attempts to keep them away.
October 6, 2015
1 year 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
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
Bought 2 a year ago...one was for myself...the other a gift...seem to be doing great...very pleased...has probably grown between 1 to 2 feet...
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
I am very upset but the weather has been so bad here that the landscaper is 3 weeks behind in his estimated schedule.
The tree is still standing on the deck in its original packing ball. I keep putting it into a bucket of water on hot days and out of it later. It is a brave little tree; it has not lost a single leaf as yet which is also a good point for your shipping protection. I am nagging the landscaper about performance and he may come later on this week…
This “Mimosa tree” is also originating from the south of France (Nice, Cannes, Antibes etc…) It is as resilient as it is beautiful so I hope to save that one. Only severe frost can hurt it.
If I could switch contractor I would, but they are all in the same boat since it is weather related.
May 11, 2016
Clayton, NC
6 months ago
Growing Zone:
Golden raintree
Can't really review this little sapling yet. It's just a tall, gangly sapling right now. Leaves have withered and turned yellow but I expect it's due to trauma of being relocated to my landscape. Ask me again next year!
June 8, 2016
Milton, DE
5 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for 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.

Planting & Care

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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The mystical rain tree.
Kathleen C on Oct 2, 2016
The color of this tree is so very pretty. I have seen these but in other area's in Texas.
Donna P on Aug 30, 2016
The mystical rain tree.
Kathleen C on Oct 2, 2016
Fast growing in full sun will provide shade where we need it. Also, this tree was recommended to us by a friend and we've had previous good experience purchasing from your store. Thanks!
Martin G on Sep 4, 2016
The color of this tree is so very pretty. I have seen these but in other area's in Texas.
Donna P on Aug 30, 2016
For interest in large landscape as well as having something flowering.
Waltraud B on Aug 1, 2016
Mix up my colors
Elaine W on Jun 11, 2016
beautiful looking, easy to care, not common in our area,
Wei X on Apr 5, 2016
Just liked the foliage
Rosemary F on Mar 30, 2016
Dawn S on Mar 24, 2016
They are beautiful and hardy!
Kerri H on Mar 17, 2016
Fast growing shade tree
DONNA S on Feb 23, 2016
My client likes the way the blooms look.
Elijah-Paul W on Feb 19, 2016
shade and looks good
Patrick M on Feb 4, 2016
There was no place to enter the "Free125" code for free shipping and would appreciate the $44.77 credit being applied
Eileen B on Feb 1, 2016
Sounds interesting for a corner planting site I have.
William M on Dec 5, 2015
In Florida we have a lot of the red variety of raintree, so I was intrigued by the golden colour of this beautiful tree. I think it will be a tree that will really stand out in my neighborhood.
Richard F on Nov 25, 2015
Fast growing in full sun will provide shade where we need it. Also, this tree was recommended to us by a friend and we've had previous good experience purchasing from your store. Thanks!
Martin G on Sep 4, 2016
For interest in large landscape as well as having something flowering.
Waltraud B on Aug 1, 2016
I live in zone 10 and believe we have 2 mature trees growing very well here. Our trees have multiple trunk/branches growing from the base, not one single trunk. Are these the same trees?
Chuck P on Feb 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am in Austin area which is zone 8 and have one like you mentioned. It is about 7 feet tall and many branches from the base. I have not seen any flowers yet. I also wondered if I
got the right tree. It gives pods as fruit and leaves turn reddish in the fall if not too hot in the summer.
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.
Is this tree an evergreen?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: no, it is deciduous. It looses its leaves in the fall
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.
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!!!!!
Planting instructions?
Judy L on Jan 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Dig a hole twice s wide as the root ball, and just as deep. Remove any dirt clumps, rocks, or grass from the hole. Place your tree in the hole, and make sure the root collar is level with the surrounding ground and back fill your hole with soil. After you've completed these steps give your tree a deep watering.
Where can I buy this tree?
Chuck W on Oct 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I got mine from http://www.fast-growing-trees.com & it arrived in good shape. I put it in the ground the next day and it has done well, though it has not grown quite as fast as some people have stated. We've had a hot, dry summer and it has endured. Overall, I'm very satisfied. I expect it to do even better next year.
how cold tolerant is the raintree?
A shopper on Oct 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Golden Raintree is pretty cold hardy. It is recommended for zones 5-9. Here is a map to check your zone: http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm
Does it grow fast?
Slick on Jun 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It has grown about two feet in less than a year.
Will a golden rain tree's roots harm a foundation or plumbing if planted near a house.

When should I plant in NC?
Hil's garden on Feb 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It does not get very big. About 20 feet. Any tree too close to the house isn't great. 10 feet away should be sufficient. It is not like a willow that will go into your water pipes and basement to find water.. They are beautiful., The golden chain tree is also beautiful. I have both in my yard. I live in Missouri. I hope this helps.

CorneliaEnter an answer to this question.
How far do the roots spread , are they invasive?
Mary Karen P on Jan 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted my golden rain tree late summer 2014 and haven't seen any sign of the roots. I have seen more mature trees at rural shopping centers here in Virginia and I didn't see any roots there either. Its best not to plant any tree close to the house, if that is what you mean by invasive, but if you mean near a sidewalk or driveway I wouldn’t worry since the ones at the shopping center were in the areas between roads and parking rows. Deep water every couple of weeks during dry spells for the first couple of years and you should be okay. That way the roots won’t come up to the surface for the water you use to keep your grass alive.
how fast dose it grow?
Maryjane F on Jun 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Golden Raintree grows about 12-24" per year.
How old does this tree have to be before it flowers? Mine is three years old and I havent seen a thing except leaves
Jan P on Jul 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine bloomed the second year but this year I didn't have any blooms because of a late frost.
Do the roots grow outwards or downwards?
newtreeowner on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They have deep tap roots, so they will grow down then out.
is it an evergreen or deciduous tree?
newtreeowner on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is deciduous.
Will my tree do well in a container?
Jo R on May 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can grow in container. I have two in containers, one is in a big tub from the dollar store, make sure you put drainage holes, the other one is in a old tree nursery pot . They are both over six feet tall and beautiful. mine haven't bloom yet , but the one I planted in the graveyard last year hasn't bloom yet . The two I have in pots were twig when I planted then two years ago , the one from Jan's was about five feet stick ,that's the one in the graveyard and it is doing very well. So go for it.
What about the seed pods?
Mickey M on Sep 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: What exactly would you like to know about the seed pods? (they form in a clump or a bunch of papery-textured 'containers' each holding several seeds).
Do the flowers of the golden rain tree
give off an odor or scent?
mary e on Jun 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they have a faint fragrant scent
Where will this tree ship from? How long will it take to ship to Oklahoma City?
Jeannine S on Jun 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They ship from South Carolina. Oklahoma City is a 3 day transit.
how long does it take for shipping?
Billy H on Oct 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It depends on where you are located. Here is a map: http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/FAQ.htm#when-will-my-order-ship
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: I'm sorry, but I have no idea. Have you tried your vet's office?
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.
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.
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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