Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 30 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 30 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- 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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Packed beautifully I have not planted outside yet due to cold nights. Will plant hopefully this weekend
Only had my rain trees in the ground for a short while but they are looking healthy and growing strong getting plenty of rain in Maryland so I don't have to water them looking GREAT!
Golden Raintree & Christmas gardenias.
Arrived looking healthy. Haven't had a chance to get it planted but watering the roots every day & no drooping or leaves dropping or turning brown. Looking forward to the Christmas gardenias blooming. Have received compliments on the condition of them all.
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When my tree arrived the tall box was bent and sure enough the tree and its bamboo support were broken in transit. I called Fast Growing Trees and immediately had another one shipped out that day. They were exceptionally easy to work with and completely earned my confidence. The 2nd tree was healthy and adapted easily to its new home. As described in their information there were a few yellow and brown leaves at first but those where temporary as new growth was quick to take over. So far so good. Looking forward to seasons of arbor entertainment with this Golden Rain tree.
It is doing well. Has some new leaves. In spite of consistent heavy wind from south tree is making it Think tree starter mix helped get good start to roots
Planting & Care
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.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 11||Ships Now!|