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Golden Raintree

Koelreuteria paniculata


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-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- Planting Mix
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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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 needed nutrition.

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

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

30 ft.

Mature Width:

30 ft.


Full Sun


30 ft.

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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

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21 Reviews
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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.
September 19, 2014
over 3 years ago
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I planted one 25 years ago and have never regretted a thing about this beautiful tree.
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
over 5 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
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
The deer love it!
Doubt it will survive as the deer partake regardless of my attempts to keep them away.
October 6, 2015
over 2 years ago
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...
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
Ordered 2 of these and they were larger and in better shape than expected. I will order again. VERY PLEASED
June 16, 2017
9 months ago
Growing Zone:
Golden raintree
Can hardly wait for this one to grow up and blossom.
June 6, 2017
9 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Golden Raintree

Golden Raintree Planting Diretions

Golden Raintrees (or “Koelreuteria paniculata”) are flowering ornamental trees that can be grown in a wide range of climates and soil types. They’re known for their brilliant display of yellow flowers, in clusters that can be 12-18” long in early to late summer (depending on your location). The flowers will form lantern shaped, paper like berries that will range in color from green to yellow to pink. These trees also have attractive fall colors of yellow and orange giving them visual interest from spring through fall. The Raintrees can reach 25-40 feet tall and just as wide at maturity, giving them a rounded shape. Golden Raintrees are hardy in zones 5-9, but may not reach full height in colder growing zones.


Choosing a location: Golden Raintrees are full sun trees, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sun, and will perform best with 8-10 hours of sunlight. Choose an open location where the tree can receive plenty of unfiltered sunlight. These trees also have a broad span of 30-40 feet so be sure to leave plenty of room for them to fill out. These trees prefer moist, but well draining soil. If you have a heavier clay based soil you can amend the soil with some sand and compost to increase the drainage.


Planting directions: These trees are native to China, Japan and Korea so they can also tolerate a wide range of soils including dry, rocky sites. They are drought tolerant, and can grow in alkaline or acidic soils.

1) After choosing your location, dig a hole that is twice as wide as the container that the trees are in, and just as deep. You want the tree to be planted at the same level as in its container so that the root flare is even with the soil level.
2) If you have a heavier clay soil, amend it with sand and compost to increase the drainage. You will want to use 60% your native soil with a 40% mixture of sand and compost mixed. You can dig the hole a few inches deeper that the container and add a layer of the mixture to the bottom of the planting hole.
3) Place the plant even with the soil level and back fill with the remaining mixture. Water lightly after every few inches to remove any air pockets.
4) Water well when done then cover the area with a wide mulch ring to help the plant conserve water and regulate root temperature while it acclimates. This will also protect the tender young bark from possible mechanical damage from a string trimmer or mower. Avoid the mulch touching the trunk of the tree or fungus and rot may set in.


Watering: Young Golden Raintrees need moist soil to get established in their new home. You will need to water regularly, but do not keep the soil saturated. These trees will do well if watered when the soil is dry to a depth of about 1-2 inches down. During the warmer times, daily watering may be necessary but mulching the planting area will help it retain moisture. Always check the soil before watering to ensure that it is getting to dry out some before watering again.


Pruning: Young Golden Raintrees will need early pruning to increase branching, as they are sparsely branched when young. Prune for shape when young to to encourage strong branch structure by spacing out the larger branches on the main trunk. Once the initial shape is established, pruning will only be necessary to remove dead or damaged wood within the canopy. Pruning should be done during the dormant season.

Fertilization: Fertilize the tree in the early spring with a general purpose slow release fertilizer that is higher in nitrogen to encourage good spring growth. Once established the tree will need little to no fertilization.

Golden Raintrees are considered great trees for cities and small spaces, due to their adaptability to various conditions and their coarse root system. They are also tolerant of air and soil pollution making them even better suited to a city environment.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Yellow flowers and not the same ol thing.....crepe mytles etc.
William S on Feb 22, 2018
It looks so pretty. More color in the yard.
Gerald K on Feb 12, 2018
Yellow flowers and not the same ol thing.....crepe mytles etc.
William S on Feb 22, 2018
We had a beautiful large golden raintree at my place of employment for the last 27 years. The nursing home residents and I looked forward to seeing its beauty every year. It was in full bloom when hurricane Irma hit our area and we lost it. It was just so top heavy. It had survived many great storms, but Irma was just too powerful. I would like to replace it for future residents and staff to appreciate the wonder of mother natures beauty.
marjo g on Feb 16, 2018
It looks so pretty. More color in the yard.
Gerald K on Feb 12, 2018
want to add color to yard...
Jolene A on Jan 28, 2018
We are beekeepers and bees love these trees!
Michael I on Dec 6, 2017
Beautiful tree
Sara M on Dec 5, 2017
New backyard and cant do without this gorgeous tree.
Sharron E on Nov 26, 2017
Recommended for west Texas
Gerald S on Nov 11, 2017
It's a beautiful tree. It will be planted next to a Redbud. The colors will be beautiful together!!
Kathleen E on Nov 6, 2017
Extremely hardy in our dry conditions - great ornamental tree!!
Kay C on Oct 21, 2017
Drought resistant, very pretty tree, fast growing
Paul W on Oct 21, 2017
I like the way it looks
Gary M on Oct 14, 2017
We needed a shade tree that would be okay hanging over the street and roots not damaging the concrete driveway.
Carmen K on Oct 10, 2017
It was recommended by a friend
Todd D on Sep 29, 2017
purchase gets free shipping?
Barbara A on Sep 23, 2017
I liked the look of this tree and it does not seem as common as most that people have growing in their yards.
Diane F on Sep 21, 2017
I love the fact it's fast growing and relatively trouble free. I also love the color and the different shape. I like it also because there are non like it in my sub division.
Jean R on Sep 17, 2017
The yellow flowers will look amazing with the other trees we orderd
Rodney W on Jul 12, 2017
Richard W on Jul 2, 2017
For added color to the yard. AND, the fact that I've ordered from Fast-Growing-Trees, PAM, before and the trees have been beautiful and thriving.
Raul C on Jul 1, 2017
It is gorgeous with beautiful colored flowers.
Vincent G on Jun 21, 2017
Saw a tree in a customers yard. Enjoyed listening to the bees humming above. Tree made a wonderful appearance where it was located.
Joshua G on Jun 18, 2017
I bought one from Monrovia for $85 and it looks good. Also, I want more shade!
Michael C on Jun 14, 2017
I learned about thi tree in my Master Gardener Class and the extension agent/teacher sang its raises. i have a neighbor with one, and since losing a crape myrtle in my front yard, Idecided to go with this one. And it is somewhat unusual: not eeveryyard has this tree!
Faye G B on Jun 14, 2017
Awsome color & great tree
Raj V on May 22, 2017
Saw one recently and really like the color and the thickness of the blooms. It is a beautiful tree.
Mary Webb on May 20, 2017
Because of it's beauty and the fact that it grows fast
Lauren P on May 18, 2017
I wanted a flowering tree other than pink, purple or white and this seems to be a good choice. I like the idea of it being a shade tree as it gets very hot in the mountains.
robert w on May 17, 2017
To bring back childhood memories! Mom had one. :) Beautiful tree!
Darren K on May 5, 2017
Looks and fast growing.
Ron S on Apr 21, 2017
your trees are well taken care . also we have never had trees delivered and your company sounds like it they really take care of what they are sendinding.
Ray R on Apr 19, 2017
Something different
RUTH C on Apr 18, 2017
Went with the Golden Raintree for the color. Wanted something different and it had good reviews
Chris P on Apr 15, 2017
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
We had a beautiful large golden raintree at my place of employment for the last 27 years. The nursing home residents and I looked forward to seeing its beauty every year. It was in full bloom when hurricane Irma hit our area and we lost it. It was just so top heavy. It had survived many great storms, but Irma was just too powerful. I would like to replace it for future residents and staff to appreciate the wonder of mother natures beauty.
marjo g on Feb 16, 2018
want to add color to yard...
Jolene A on Jan 28, 2018
Is this tree an evergreen?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: no, it is deciduous. It looses its leaves in the fall
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.
are the lanterns and or seeds poisinous?
Jay D on Apr 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Golden rain tree produces flowering vines which contain quinolizidine alkaloids. These alkaloids can cause vomiting, weakness and incoordination when ingested.
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.
is it an evergreen or deciduous tree?
newtreeowner on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is deciduous.
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.
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!!!!!
Where can I buy this tree?
Chuck W on Oct 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I got mine from & 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.
Does it grow fast?
Slick on Jun 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It has grown about two feet in less than a year.
Can I p-lant the tree in Fallon NV? the heat is betweeb 90-100f.
Myron E on Jul 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
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:
how fast dose it grow?
Maryjane F on Jun 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Golden Raintree grows about 12-24" per year.
When can I plant it in New York, Long Island ?
Abhi P on Sep 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Golden Raintree can be planted right now. Fall is a great time.
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.
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: They do have tap roots, so they will not harm a foundation. I would plant it at least 15 feet away from a structure.
How far do the roots spread , are they invasive?
Mary Karen P on Jan 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They do not have an invasive root system, The roots will not travel beyond the drip line of 15 feet
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
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:
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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