Koelreuteria Species, China tree, Golden Rain Tree, Pride of India, Varnish Tree

Koelreuteria paniculata

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama

Dauphin Island, Alabama

Semmes, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas

Banning, California

Clovis, California

Georgetown, California

La Jolla, California

Lakeside, California

Martinez, California

Mokelumne Hill, California

Reseda, California

Sacramento, California

Thousand Oaks, California


Visalia, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Delta, Colorado

Denver, Colorado(2 reports)

Seaford, Delaware

Apopka, Florida

Arcadia, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Boynton Beach, Florida

Bradley, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Deland, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida(3 reports)

Keystone Heights, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Mount Dora, Florida

Naples, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Odessa, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Titusville, Florida

Venice, Florida

Weirsdale, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Brunswick, Georgia

Conyers, Georgia

Smyrna, Georgia

Warner Robins, Georgia

Hilo, Hawaii

Boise, Idaho

Frankfort, Illinois

Pesotum, Illinois

Bloomington, Indiana

Covington, Indiana

Crawfordsville, Indiana

Frankfort, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana(3 reports)

Dequincy, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Cumberland, Maryland

Laurel, Maryland

Severna Park, Maryland

Thurmont, Maryland

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Taunton, Massachusetts

Horton, Michigan

Wyandotte, Michigan

Carriere, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Bridgeton, Missouri

Brunswick, Missouri

Saint Robert, Missouri

Trenton, Missouri

Kearney, Nebraska

Reno, Nevada

Sparks, Nevada

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aztec, New Mexico

Farmington, New Mexico

Croton On Hudson, New York

Greenwood Lake, New York

New York City, New York

Greenville, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Felicity, Ohio(2 reports)

Middletown, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Jay, Oklahoma

Mcalester, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Eugene, Oregon


Baden, Pennsylvania

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Lititz, Pennsylvania

Middleburg, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Clinton, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Amarillo, Texas

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas

Bellaire, Texas

Bremond, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

Canton, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Denton, Texas

Houston, Texas

Humble, Texas

Midland, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Mont Belvieu, Texas

North Richland Hills, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Ogden, Utah

Orem, Utah

Lexington, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia(2 reports)

Orlean, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Benton City, Washington

Everett, Washington

Langley, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 22, 2021, AAgeorge from Severna Park, MD wrote:

Shame on Dave's for distributing an article praising a known invasive. If being invasive isn't bad enough, it is known to attract the spotted lanternfly, one of the most destructive pests known to exist in U.S. Don't even think about it!!


On Jun 28, 2021, LindaPeters from Seaford, DE wrote:

I like the tree, it blooms yellow flowers when no other trees are blooming in my garden. The problem I have with the tree is that is it invasive, which I did know when I bought them. I am constantly pulling seedlings. I am in Delaware, under a new law which is going into effect in 2022 this tree is not to be sold in my state.


On Jun 24, 2019, vploch from Houston, TX wrote:

I saw the movie "Raintree County" decades ago and fell in love with the Golden Rain Tree! One day while standing in front of a United Way office building here in Houston, I noticed I was sharing space with a Golden Rain Tree. I grabbed several seed pods, brought them home, planted them in very small nursery pots and stuck them underneath my my holly hedge and forgot about them until the following spring. I pulled them out and discovered dozens of little 4-6" trees had sprung up! I transplanted a dozen of those into coffee cans and left them for another year. That spring, (1987) I planted 3 of the small trees, gifted a few and threw out the rest. Over the years my neighbors, many who have been driving by, and I, have thoroughly enjoyed the trees and their blossoms and seed pods. It ... read more


On Apr 18, 2016, ArtemistheCat from Whittier, CA wrote:

Since a lot of people are asking about this plant's invasive potential, can someone confirm if the observation I made is, indeed, Koelreuteria paniculata?


If it is, then this plant is definitely invasive in my Southern California (Whittier) backyard. It's been sprouting here for at least 10-15 years. Several commenters were asking about invasive potential in CA, so I'm chiming in and hoping for an ID or not.


On Oct 1, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This East Asian tree does have pretty yellow flowers and interesting foliage and pods, with a tropical appearance, but it is weak-wooded and very messy. I have not seen it escape cultivation in se PA like some other messy Asian trees as Mimosa and Royal Empresstree, so far.


On Aug 26, 2015, PhilsBulbGarden from Valley Village, CA wrote:

I live in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. This is in USDA zone 9b or so. Summers can be hot; winters are cool and sometimes rainy. Here the HEAVENLY Rain Tree (Koelreuteria bipinnata) is commonly grown; although especially beautiful, it is too tender to grow in the Memphis, TN, area and does not survive more than a winter or two. But the species paniculata (GOLDEN Rain Tree) is excellent both there and here, as it takes much colder winters. Those who comment on paniculata often dislike the many seedlings it can self-sow. While somewhat true, if they are in the yard grass, simply mow them down with the grass. If they are in more kempt beds, wait until the soil is moist and they easily pull up -- even when they get 10" tall. In short, self-sown seedlings are easy to deal with... read more


On Mar 17, 2015, FlaFlower from Titusville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This tree volunteered between me & my neighbor on his side. I chase literally thousands of seedlings a year. This year this now 25 foot obnoxious tree got a few good whacks with a machete and FULL STRENGTH *ortho brush and vine killer* its infested with ambrosia beatle and needs to go. Be aware of your constant chore of cleaning up after it for years to come. Meanwhile I'm going to sharpen the chainsaw blade...I'm over it


On Apr 24, 2014, cathy4 from St. Louis County, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

St. Louis, MO Zone 5
My neighbor has this tree in their yard. It is a pretty tree when it blooms and the seed pods form. From then on it is a terrible neighbor. Seed pods everywhere, black seeds root anywhere they settle. I spend more time pulling out these trees than any other yard work I do, and I have a lot of garden space. I wouldn't plant this tree if you gave me one. They root in the rain sewers, in the gutters, every nook and cranny around the foundation, in flower pots.everywhere.


On Apr 21, 2014, 27palmtree from Pesotum, IL wrote:

My first with this tree.


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

Here in Boston z6a, the showy golden flowers are produced in July.

The species has seedpods which are green till they turn brown. Only the late-blooming cultivar 'Rose Lantern' has pink immature seedpods.

Even here in the north, this tree can be an aggressive self-sower. If you take into account the time spent removing unwanted seedlings, it's a high-maintenance tree.

I wonder whether eventually this will prove to be an invasive problem in natural areas.


On Oct 12, 2012, lemonboy7 from New Orleans, LA wrote:

As I sit here looking out the window I see the gorgeous pink lanterns on the tips of the Golden Rain Tree planted in the front of our house.
These trees are beautiful. For the last month the bees had been buzzing around the bunches of small bright yellow flowers on the ends of the branches before the flowers fell and the pink lantern shaped seed pods came in. The tree is about 25 feet high now and yes, it is a very fast grower in warm to hot summer climates and wonderful for the much needed shade during the very hot summers down here in New Orleans.
The leaves on this tree are very unusual...they look like fern leaves which have a slight weeping habit. The tree gives the impression of a giant fern. It is beautiful when the wind hits it and makes the leaves sway. We have gotte... read more


On May 9, 2012, OkieSal from Stillwater, OK wrote:

I bought a house in Stillwater, Ok, last July, 2011--during the big drought. This nicely shaped tree in the backyard looked very sad. This Spring--wow! Full of beautiful foliage and the lovely, small yellow flowers. No bugs that I can tell. And nothing invasive about it, here. Just a beautiful, small tree that seems happy with a good watering now-and-then. I looked it up to identify it and got to this site. Thanks, Dave's Garden! Great site and very helpful to this new home owner.


On May 4, 2012, Dave_J from Bloomington, IN wrote:

I lived in Bloomington, IN for 10 years and We had a small Golden Rain tree in our back yard. I didn't know what it was but it turned out to be very interesting with the yellow blossoms and the "Lantern" seed pods in the fall. It died about 7 years ago so I just cut it level with the ground. It came back in the spring and I mowed around it. It is about 17 feet tall now. We had 70 degree days in March this year. Then we had a frost. We covered our rose bushes but not the Golden Rain tree. All of the leaves turned brown for a few weeks. I thought it was dead. The other day, new leaves started to sprout among the brown ones. Now, I am so happy, it's exploded with new leaves!


On Apr 22, 2011, miamax from San Antonio, TX wrote:

My experience with this tree is puzzling. It was given to me by a friend. I live in San Antonio TX, and am amazed at how fast it has grown in three years. It has survived record breaking heat and drought, followed by record breaking freezing winter cold. It has in just the past three weeks added three branches, but what is so amazing, is that the trunk is no bigger in diameter than 6"! It is at least 14 feet tall, and I am afraid to take the stakes away because we have pretty strong winds on that corner of my house. One gardener told me I will probably lose this tree. Has anyone had this problem? I was told that it would be perhaps 3-5 years before it blooms, but I don't know about this particular growth pattern. Would appreciate any comments.


On Apr 18, 2011, ransom3 from Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

Maybe in Pennsylvania, California and British Columbia this tree is a beautiful and manageable asset, but here in Florida it is a real pest.I even find it growing wild in the woods. It is not a native and I find its seedlings sprouting up by the dozens and dozens everywhere I look.They grow very quickly.


On Mar 31, 2011, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

It has taken me about seven years to finally have an established Golden Rain Tree. For many years there has been a lovely row of them on a main artery in OKC (North Pennsylvania, just south of NW Expressway). I live nearby, did some research, and ordered one. However, I ended up with a Laburnum that had been misrepresented as Golden Rain Tree. That tree didn't even make it through the first summer.

I then ordered a bare root Golden Rain Tree that snapped in half during the first summer and didn't re-spout.

I finally managed to find a potted two year old tree. In about four years it has shot up to a lovely 15-20 foots small tree. So far, it has been very drought hail, ice and wind hardy. I have no problems with bugs or with seedlings. It flowers beaut... read more


On Nov 8, 2010, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I can pluck a tree from anywhere and it will grow anywhere I plant it. I'm potting some up for bonsai and they don't mind when I forget to water. I also had these trees, some very large, for 24 years before these bugs (boxelders?) started showing up and they hide under dead wood. I put my dead wood piles (for wildlife) out back now.


On Sep 28, 2010, LimerickRanch from Mokelumne Hill, CA wrote:

Fosters a horrid population of Western Boxelder Bug (Boisea rubrolineatus) which consume seedling red bud trees, California fuschia, roses, iris, etc. The bugs swarm onto people if they sit or even pause for gardening tasks. The seeds (which persist from year to year) and attendent bugs attract mice; bugs and mice then infest house. Difficult to exterminate once seeds have entered landscape, seedlings strike root quickly near rockwork and fence posts, herbicides not found to be effective. Pods clusters (locally called "Chinese Lanterns") have very limited ornamental use. A real pest in residential landscape.


On Sep 24, 2010, 7B_8A from Fayetteville, GA wrote:

I have read on different websites that this tree does not transplant well in the fall and to wait until spring if at all possible. Has anyone experienced this.


On Jul 25, 2010, bonniesac from Sacramento, CA wrote:

I live in Sacramento, CA and this is one of the free shade trees that the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Mine is 4 or 5 years old now and it has grown so fast and tall, but it drops flowers, seeds, pods from spring to fall. The little trees are easy to pull out. So they do not bother me much.

What does bother me is the golden rain tree bug. It looks just like the box elder bug. (Thank you Dave's Garden for the pest files).

I brought a few of the bugs (at different stages) to my local nursery and they had never seen it before, but they asked what kind of trees do I have, because I do not have a box elder. I have 2 crape myrtles and the golden rain, but the bugs are all over the yard and starting up the walls of the house.

Well doggone it! G... read more


On Jul 11, 2010, gardeningann from Greenville, NC wrote:

The Golden Rain Tree in my garden is very pretty and grew quickly. A friend gave me the tree after she had several specimens to grow from seeds around her tree. While there are many seedlings around my tree, I am having a good time sharing the trees. They have not been a problem. I have a much bigger problem with small oak trees coming up everywhere. The squirrels bury the acorns in all of my flower pots and all over my garden. I have 3 to 4 oak trees in all of my flower pots each spring. I love my large wonderful oaks and just pull up the ones that I do not want.

I really love the seed pods on the Golden Rain Tree, especially now when they are such a pretty color. Has anyone ever tried to preserve them to be used on wreaths? I would love some feedback. Thanks.
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On Jun 26, 2010, graybear40 from Moultrie, GA wrote:

Am I the only one to have ever seen the "Golden Rain?" No one mentions it. If you have seen Cherry Blossoms "snow" then you can imagine the rain from a Golden Rain tree. I have one right out my back door, on property line which has been cleared, and have enjoyed the flowers and pods for over twenty years, but only once have I seen the golden rain. It requires just the right conditions of ripe flowers and a gentle breeze, but to see the yellow drops falling was the most breathtaking view of a single plant that I have ever see. About a hundred pedals continuously fell for at least 15 minutes before I had to leave. I will try to capture it on video. I live in Moultrie, Georgia, USA.


On Jun 20, 2010, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have this tree and it's one of my favorite flowering trees. I bought a 4-5' 'Rose Lantern' Raintree a couple of years ago and it has grown nearly 2' every year. I had a deer bite it in half the first year and it still shot back up. It hasn't flowered yet but I'm happy with the colorful new growth. I read it can take 4-5 years before flowering and even longer before it really forms an attractive shape. I have seen them full grown and they get better with age (hopefully a bit stronger too).


On Jun 14, 2010, bosdarb from Lakeside, CA wrote:

I have the same experience with my Goldenrain Tree. Every spring I think it died only to see leaves come back fully in June. I'm not sure why that is? I live in Southern CA, so I'm not worried about this tree becoming invasive. It's too dry here for anything to spread other than chaparral unless you actively water it.


On May 22, 2010, Gaela from Duncan,
Canada wrote:

I love this tree... so beautiful... but I only enjoy 3 months of greenery. Wondering why it leaves out so late in the season... I live on Vancouver Island.... It's almost June and the tree is still half bare, and the leaflets not at their full size. I have had it for 4 years now - and it has been growing well enough. Not fast... moderately.


On Oct 20, 2009, maryinpa from Middleburg, PA wrote:

If you join the National Arbor Day Foundation, you get 10 free trees, including a couple of these. When I moved into my home 4 years ago, it was obvious the former owners had done this as the redbud, dogwood, flowering crabapple, Washington hawthorn, and golden rain tree were well established. I just love this tree. It is beautifully shaped. I enjoy the insects that visit the star-like flowers, and the gorgeous seedpods in the fall. They do reproduce easily but not like my silver maple which puts out a dozen or so seedlings in every pot on my deck. I have given seedlings to numerous people. Does anyone know any use for the beautiful black seeds?


On Aug 28, 2009, greenthum3 from Jacksonville, FL wrote:

I love this tree! It blooms when most others are dying off and the pink seed coverings are spectacular. However the seeds take root very easily and without weeding saplings, you'll have a small forest to deal with. But it's a beautiful tree and it's worth pulling up unwanted saplings


On Jul 13, 2009, lindagsmith from Covington, IN wrote:

I have been growing my GRT here in
Covington, Indiana for about four years. It is a beautiful tree but has never bloomed and I don't know what to do about it.


On May 15, 2009, swarrier from Charlotte, NC wrote:

I got a 4' plant 2 years ago. It has showed almost no growth and there have been no blooms at all. What can I do? I am disappointed at the lack of flowers.

Any help is appreciated. I live in Charlotte, NC.


On Dec 9, 2008, ted_egan from Brandon, FL wrote:

I've just discovered that a specimen of this plant that was allowed to grow wild next to the house I am renting in fact has grown right on top of the drain field for the septic system, thus destroying it. I had planned to get up on to the roof with a blower in order to get all the debris this tree leaves on it off anyway (won't do much to help with the thousands of bugs this tree has attracted, many of which make it inside the house to keep me company), but now am looking at a $700 bill to have the tree cut down and its stump ground down so a new septic field can be installed.


On Nov 9, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Koelreuteria paniculata has once pinnately to a few imperfectly bipinnately compound leaves, coarsely toothed to lobed leaflets, 5-petaled flowers and conically shaped fruits.Koelreuteria bipinnata can be distinguished from Koelreuteria paniculata by the bipinnately compound leaves with entire or finely toothed leaflets, flowers with 4 petals and elliptically shaped fruits. The seedpod bracts change from pink to salmon. Koelreuteria elegans differs from K. bipinnata and K. paniculata by its being evergreen, having tighter inflorescences and having leaflets with very oblique bases.


On Oct 30, 2008, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote:

I'm leaving a neutral rating. Although these trees are stunning when in bloom with the bright yellow flowers, and even put on a spectacular show with the pretty pink seedpods, in some areas of the south they are very invasive and hard to control. You have to constantly pull up little seedlings or they will spread throughout your yard, your neighbor's yard ... the next neighbor's yard. They are everywhere here in Central Florida.


On May 30, 2008, valjean from Eugene, OR wrote:

We are renting a house here in Eugene Oregon, and there is a huge Golden Raintree in the front yard. It is beautiful, shows the blossoms, feathery leaves, and the lantern-like seed pods discussed by others. When the seed pods start falling off the tree, those that happen to get in the street make really loud popping sounds when cars run them over - this tree is really pretty cool on so many levels.
I have not experienced any invasive problems with this tree.
I will try to grow from the seeds, because I definitely want to take one with me when we move to our own home here.

Thanks for all the info in the forums, I had no idea what this tree was called until I searched and found this site.


On Apr 28, 2008, tropicaldude from Orlando, FL wrote:

This and the Camphor tree should not be planted in central Florida. It's is a very invasive and very frustrating when neighbors with bare yards let these grow, often shading out citrus and productive, more attractive trees. The seedlings quickly send out a deep tap root making them very hard to pull out.

it's a shame some nurseries in the Orlando area such as Lowe's sell this weed for about 13 dollars to folks who dont really know what they're buying. This is a very invasive tree, please nicely ask to speak to the garden manager and let them know. Within a 200' radius from where I live there's about 6 large camphor trees and now more Koeleuterias since some neighbors who have moved nearby are careless and have let the seedlings grow into trees.

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On Oct 30, 2007, SweetBowl from Arlington, TX wrote:

I planted a 5' tall tree last year and by the end of its second summer it has topped 12'. It is growing in orange clay in full Texas sun with supplemental water from lawn sprinklers. Its second summer in the ground it bloomed moderately. Nice healthy folliage and incredibly fast growth.


On Oct 21, 2007, FoxtailFavPalm from Palm Bay, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

If this tree is considered invasive, then the live oak and red maple are the invasive royalties. There are a few golden rain trees around the neighborhood used as landscape trees and I have not found one seedling under a mother tree. Yet, I can find hundreds of acorn sprouts all over the yard. Dont worry about if the tree is considered invasive, the only thing that matters is if you like the tree!


On Jul 12, 2007, TuxedoWarwick from Greenwood Lake, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Bumblebees love this tree when it is in full bloom. Difficult to find attractive specimen at my nursery. They seem to decline and look "stubby" at the nursery. Last time I saw them, the owner had moved them to the reject section of his property, and he hasn't ordered any more. However, I found a gorgeous, mature specimen that has changed my mind about this tree and encouraged me to find one online. People like to knock the online sources, but I've had nothing but success from stores like Forest Farm and Nature Hills Nursery.


On Jun 18, 2007, grandma_deal from Tulsa, OK (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted 2 golden rain tree saplings 10 years ago. Thought I lost them to a late frost this year. Was so happy when they rebudded. These are beautiful trees.


On Jun 4, 2007, hawkarica from Odessa, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a very attractive shade tree in foliage, flowers and seeds. It is evergreen in my area and the small leaflets allow plenty of light through for the grass. It is a moderate grower and stable in high winds. However, it does attract jadera bugs, small red beatles which do not harm the tree or other plants. It is invasive in that many small trees will appear throughout your yard. In the grass, I just mow them down but in my flower beds, it takes a major weeding effort.


On May 8, 2007, DiverseThinking from East Stroudsburg, PA wrote:

I've read all, the posts and after watching three trees bloom for the past 14 years, I have to say they are one of the most unusal trees to own and show off! Simply awesome "lanterns" in the fall and the color is stunning.

I don't see why some folks complain about the "mess". It's a tree! Just like maple it sheds leaves and seeds. Seedling are gone with the mower! Don't complain about the tree, it's all part of the big picture. Just deal with it like all other trees and enjoy!

I had a hard time trying to grow them from seeds so I just grabbed a dozen seedlings today to take home. Good thing I happened to see them today before the landscaper arrives in a week or so.


On Mar 17, 2007, nyc28girl from Jacksonville, FL wrote:





On Nov 2, 2006, wolfie3 from New Port Richey, FL wrote:

I dont understand why anyone wouldn't like this tree. Even though it is listed as invasive, if you mow your lawn regularly, you really shouldnt have a problem. My wife and I bought our home and it has a beautiful specimen on the front property border and we both love it. There are no other specimens in the area where people take care of their yards.
If you aren't much into pruning or general maintainance of your yard I can see why it might be a bit of work, but if you don't mind occasional sweat, I would recommend this just on its flowering.


On Oct 6, 2006, gerrylondon from London, England,
United Kingdom wrote:

I saw this tree growing in Toronto in Edwards Gardens about 12 years ago, was impressed, and so collected the seeds. They germinated very easily, and so I planted it and have this tree growing in London, England. It has grown much too slowly, and is only now about 15 feet high, although it has been flowering for at least the last 7 years, and the fruits and seeds have easily ripened. This year I have even found self-seeded seedlings.

The foliage is feathery and attractive, but twice when we have had hot dry spells of two weeks (a fact of global warming even in England, where we had a drought this year in the South East), the tree dropped ALL its leaves. Also, the crown of the tree is quite sparse, which according to a book I have read, is normal while the tree is yo... read more


On Jun 29, 2006, Mirantiv from Inverness, FL wrote:

I Have this tree in my yard. I bought it about 7 years ago. I live in Citrus County Florida. I have not seen it ever bloom. I am so upset, that is why I bought it for it's lovely blooms. What can I do to encourage it to bloom?

Vicki In Inverness, Fl


On Jun 19, 2006, Donnaashworth from Canton, TX wrote:

I lived in Nashville, Tennessee before and at the Opryland Hotel they have MANY Golden Raintree trees planted. My mother had an absolute "fit" when she saw the seed pods on these trees. We had a hard time finding out exactly what these trees were. Finally, I gave in and actually called Opryland Hotel Property and the man over the grounds there told me the name of the trees. They apparently do extremely well in the climate of Nashville. My mother was what I consider an expert on any and all plants, trees, etc. and she was really impressed with the Golden Raintree, which she had never seen before. Opryland has them planted all around the perimeter of the hotel, up close to the windows of the downstairs rooms. They are absolutely gorgeous and those seed pods they produce are really dif... read more


On Jun 18, 2006, isabella from Taunton, MA wrote:

My GRT has been slow growing in partial shade. After three years in the ground, it is only now starting to flower. As noted for the north the foliage is in marked contrast to the oaks and beeches that abound.

The GRT tolerates the partial shade but is not at its prime.


On Apr 23, 2006, colofaus from Macksville,
Australia (Zone 10b) wrote:

This is for Australian Gardeners. Don't grow it! I inherited one and spent the first three years in my new garden pulling out seedlings! I finally had the thing cut down but they are a major menace! Col


On Mar 11, 2006, parkerpt from Amarillo, TX wrote:

This is a gorgeous tree when it has a good blooming year. The "Golder Rain Tree bug" or "Red Shouldered Bug" aka Jadera haematoloma can be a nuisance. It IS NOT a box elder bug. They feed on the seeds so if one can keep the seed pods cleaned up the bug population may shrink. I imagine introducing mantids to the yard/garden would help also, but I've never tried.


On Nov 17, 2005, Davidsan from Springfield, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

Well it seems there are a couple differnt varieties listed ...I have NO idea what i've got but... I must say I love this tree. It does well in zone 5 has survived -25 degrees. It is a fast grower HERE and is beautiful year round. Yes the seeds sprout wherever they drop!!! but unlike maples and other trees just cut them off and they are dead so control is a breeze. As far as being invasive ...they are NO more so than any other small to medium size shade tree!! if trimed up you can grow shade grass under them if not you can't... They can also be planted in shady areas as a understudy tree and grow irregularly which can also be really neat looking and can be trimed to be kept smaller in those shady spots ... The seed pods are interesting but IMHO the leafs and blooms and branch structure is d... read more


On Oct 22, 2005, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I will admit these are beautiful trees, especially when in bloom, but they produce TONS of seeds which germinate at the drop of a hat. People in the deep south should be weary of this one.


On Sep 29, 2005, gig112974 from Bridgeton, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

i have seen this tree growing from colorado to new jersey, G.R.T likes almost all soil types and pH's! i have 5 growing here in NJ, all from seed,( two took over 1 year to grow) and 3 WILL BE for bonsi, Hopefully that is !!! i have heard that you can grow G.R.T. from root cuttings, but Have found that hard ,as that the roots go deep! good luck with the golden rain tree, it's also called pride of china, or pride of india!
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On Apr 27, 2005, redbelly from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Overall, we love this tree, we get the lanterns in great profusion every year. And although this year we are having them trimmed, they have needed very little maintenance.

The downside of the lanterns is that we get hundreds of large black seeds everywhere and come spring I have to pull up dozens of the seedlings that sprout in our beds and in our lawn, however that is a minor inconvenience considering how much these trees add to our landscaping.


On Apr 20, 2005, avocadogreen25 from houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This tree is beautiful! It has a very elegant shape and lovely leaves. The fall show is awesome--bright yellow flower spikes and then pinkish pods--just beautiful. As for the comments about invasiveness--all plants reproduce (it's nature). I can't imagine it being any more invasive than my oaks or my neighbor's maples. As for it being messy--hello, it's a tree. All trees lose leaves or drop seeds--if you don't want to rake, then don't plant a tree!


On Nov 30, 2004, Bigfoot19 from Weirsdale, FL wrote:

I've had a good experience with this tree.Produces lots of seedlings,but you just mow them over or pull them up like any other tree(oak).

I've got grass growing under mine(its about 30 ft tall,20+ft wide) and is the best tree we have.Beautiful flowers,reccomend it to anyone.


On Oct 15, 2004, sylva37 from Stephens City, VA wrote:

I listed positive because my husband and I both love our neighbor's Golden Rain Tree (she told me a friend had started it from a seed). Today, she gave me a seedling and several seeds and I am anxious to start my own. I can't imagine (for myself) it being any more troublesome than the Maple we had in Manassas that sprouted lots and lots of little seedlings every year - we just pulled them up or mowed over. Anyway -- I will give a yearly report on my progress.

From Stephens City, VA


On Oct 2, 2004, robertabeck from Bellevue, OH wrote:

I noticed the tree growing in Rocky River Ohio in the mid 80's and had to have one. The tree was 25' tall and amazing looking as it was fall and was all podded. It had a grove of smaller ones all around it, so I can understand it might be invasive. It does offer different interesting color all seasons except winter and looks sort of ornimental. For about 5 years I brought seed home and scattered it. Then about 5 years ago I noticed two small seedlings and transplanted both. Only one is surviving and is now about 6' tall and is planted in dry sandy soil on a ridge where it gets a lot of wind. 2004 is the first year for bloom and seed production. I like the tree.
I have seen them growing in Clyde Ohio , Bellevue Ohio and Columbus Ohio. Two thumbs up for this tree.
Bob Beck
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On Jul 28, 2004, Hase1 from Denton, TX wrote:

Slow grower in North Texas. Bought tree in fall of 2001 as a very small plant and is now only about 7 feet tall with a small canopy of leaves. Blossomed and carried pods only one time, very pretty.
I no longer have this tree. I removed it after a few years. I had little raintrees coming up everywhere.


On Jun 16, 2004, riggo from Shepherdstown, WV (Zone 6b) wrote:

There are several large Golden rain trees in the Rumsey Monument Park in Shepherdstown, WV. I hadn't really realized until the last couple of years how EXTREMELY INVASIVE they are. There are hundreds of them springing up in the woods next to the grassy area of the park. I've started yanking them out, but am finding it very difficult except for those which are very young.


On Jun 9, 2004, basagran from Ocala, FL wrote:

This tree is an aggravation wrapped in frustration. First of all, the tree has such a dense leaf pattern that it kills all the grass under it from sunlight starvation. Second, the seeds attract millions and millions of Jadera (golden rain tree bugs), which infest my yard and make it look terrible. Third, if you were the only one in your entire neighborhood with one of these trees, you'd hate it, too. The yellow leaves blow into everyone's yard in the fall, making me a very disliked fellow. Plus, it is a Class II invader.


On May 26, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a fast growing tree in Florida, and though it is quite colorful during autumn, it is a trashy tree. Seedlings invade my yard from other trees in the neighborhood.
It is listed as a Category II pest in central and southern Florida by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.


On May 25, 2004, TamiMcNally from Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I know some consider it invasive in my area, however, I have had my tree for ten years, and I still just have one tree. It does self sow, but none of the seedlings have taken off.


On Oct 9, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Many counties in south Florida (U.S.) encourage planting this tree to meet Department of Forestry tree requirements. And, in fact, this is an important street tree in many south Florida communities.

There are only two trees that are prohibited from planting in Florida--the ubiquitous Schinus terebinthifolius (Brazilian Pepper) and the equally ubiquitous Melaleuca quinquenervia (Punk Tree.) All other purported no-nos are opinions but are not matters of law, regulation, or scientific evidence.


On Jan 2, 2003, TARogers5 from Kingston, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

It is invasive in warm climates. Listed in Florda Exotic Pest Plant Control list as an invader crowding out native plant communities.


On Jun 22, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Slow-growing shade tree. Panicles of yellow flowers from July through September. Seed pods remain on tree until winter. In colder climates seed does not ripen enough to be viable, in warmer climates can be invasive.

Roots are fairly deep, so does not create havoc with gardens in its vicinity. Drought-tolerent once established. Thrives almost everywhere, but seldom offered.