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

Golden Raintree

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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 recommended for zones: 5-9
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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
1 year ago
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I planted one 25 years ago and have never regretted a thing about this beautiful tree.
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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
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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
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December 31, 2012
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
over 2 years 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
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...
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December 31, 2012
over 2 years ago
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We have temperatures below 0 degrees periodically in the winter. Will Golden Raintree and Royal Empress do OK?
Sandra P on Mar 26, 2015
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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.
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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jan 22, 2015
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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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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
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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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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/ZoneMap.htm
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Jan 8, 2015
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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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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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how fast dose it grow?
Maryjane F on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: The Golden Raintree grows about 12-24" per year.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Jan 8, 2015
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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
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Jan 8, 2015
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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: I'm sorry, but I have no idea. Have you tried your vet's office?
Reply · Report · EM G on Jul 27, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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Do the flowers of the golden rain tree
give off an odor or scent?
mary e on Jun 22, 2015
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Where will this tree ship from? How long will it take to ship to Oklahoma City?
Jeannine S on Jun 8, 2015
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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.

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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.

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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.

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