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Koelreuteria paniculata 'Rose Lantern'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Koelreuteria (keel-roo-TER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rose Lantern

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


over 40 ft. (12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Feb 25, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Unlike the species, which blooms in July here in Boston Z6a, this cultivar blooms in late August and September. It was selected and named by the Arnold Arboretum for the pink color of its (ornamental) immature seed capsules, which form in October and November. This is an aggressive self-sower, and it's a high-maintenance tree if you take into account the time required to remove unwanted seedlings.

And I wonder if this isn't in the next generation of plants we find out is invasive of natural habitat.

Of all the trees with what I'd consider a showy flower display, this is the latest to bloom.

Negative GABC On Aug 18, 2013, GABC from Fairport, NY wrote:

I've had this tree for about 10 years, it's lovely. My issue, 100's of seed pods creating small trees everywhere in the lawn! Wish I never planted it! Fast germination.

Negative barnybowles On Nov 29, 2011, barnybowles from Charlotte, NC wrote:

I have one of these trees in my back yard. It gets about 6 hours of afternoon sun per day and is about 15 feet tall. My problem is it has never had one bloom or seed pod on it ever. It is a very healthy vigorous tree but I really would like it to bloom. Any suggestions ???


Positive rkwright85 On Oct 12, 2010, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Blooms 2 months later than Golden Raintree and has pink-red seedpods instead of brown. It has kind of a goofy shape when it's young but develops a lot of character as it ages. Low maintenance, drought tolerant and has showy flowers in August. The new growth is very colorful too.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Jacinto, California
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Horton, Michigan
Sikeston, Missouri
Fairport, New York
Yorktown Heights, New York
Indian Trail, North Carolina
Dale, Texas
Trenton, Texas
Arlington, Virginia
Langley, Washington

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