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Campus Gardens

Koelreuteria Paniculata
Golden rain tree, varnish tree
Family: Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)

This rapidly growing deciduous tree can measure up to 30' tall, with the spread ranging about the same. Full sun is needed in order for the flowers and fruits to fully develop. The lacy compound leave clusters are pinkish red, becoming a lighter green, before turning yellow in the fall. This is a good specimen tree. Yellow flowering fruits develop after most of the flowering trees, about late June-July. Lantern shaped, semi-woody fruits follow and these remain on the upper branches through fall. A 25-30 year old golden rain tree is located in the arboretum. This tree can take withstand wind, cold, heat, and drought well. Hardy in zones 5-9.

Jenny Grieco


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