Thursday, June 26, 2008

Nursery and Landscape - Plants for Delaware: Golden Rain Tree

This is a continuation of the series of plants well adapted to Delaware landscapes.

The golden rain tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) is an excellent tree for small areas. It has a nice rounded outline, dark green foliage that turns a golden yellow in the fall, and flowers in the middle of summer. The golden rain tree flowers are bright yellow and are held in a large foot long panicle so it is impossible to miss the sunny colors. After flowering, the fruit that is formed is shaped like an old fashioned lantern and starts out a soft yellow color that slowly changes to brown. Because the tree grows only 20 to 40 feet high and is very adaptable to many soil conditions and air pollution it is often planted as a street tree. There are not a lot of insect or disease problems associated with the golden rain tree.

Information from the August 17, 2007 edition of the TPM/IPM Weekly Report for Arborists, Landscape Managers & Nursery Managers from the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension.

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