The Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculate), from the family Sapindaceae, originating from Japan, Korea, and Northern China, can be found here at the University of Maryland in locations such as at Benjamin Hall. This tree is known for its flower production abilities and the build which makes it suitable for use in parks and streets. With little maintenance, some water, and direct sun, it can successfully grow in various settings and soil qualities. There are not too many risks involved with this tree when it comes to pests, however there is a chance for the occurrence of cankers, root rot, and leaf spot. Although there are not many risks of pests or diseases, the lifespan of this tree is shorter than most, with having an average of about 50 years.
The Golden Rain Tree can reach a height and width of 30 feet to 40 feet, giving it a full look. Another factor that adds to the unique shape of the tree, is the leaves and flowers. During Spring the leaves are a mix of purple, pink, and bronze. In the Summer they will become green, and lastly in the Fall they are yellow. These leaves have feather like structures that can grow to a length of about 18 inches. Through the structure of panicles on the Golden Rain Tree branches, there are yellow flowers during the summer months. Later, once it is time for the flowers to fall they reveal a seed capsule on the branches. No matter what time of the year you walk by the Golden Rain Tree, you will see unique colors on the leaves or flowers that make it stand out.
Goldenrain tree Koelreuteria paniculata. Retrieved March 08, 2018, from https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?ItemID=841
Missouri Botanical Garden: Koelreuteria paniculata. Retrieved March 08, 2018, from http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a550
Golden Rain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata. (n.d.). Retrieved March 08, 2018, from http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/trees/plants/golden_rain.html
Written by Cameron Smith