Golden Rain Tree, Golden Raintree, Panicled Goldenraintree 'Rose Lantern'

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)
Cultivar: Rose Lantern



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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


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Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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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 has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Jacinto, California

Roslindale, Massachusetts

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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 ???



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, large flowers in August/September and both of mine have always had bright gold foliage in fall.
After 7 years of growing, all three of my raintrees died to the ground. This winter didn't seem any worse or as bad as the winter of '13-'14 but freeze came early in the fall. Two that died were rose lantern and one was species. All three were mature and healthy. Not for certain what killed them but three dead trees have convinced me to avoid these in the future.