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Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Plants of Merit: Golden rain tree

  • The golden rain tree sports yellow blossoms in summer and hanging pods in October.

    Sandra Schumacher / Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens

    The golden rain tree sports yellow blossoms in summer and hanging pods in October.

WHAT: The golden rain tree, or Koelreuteria paniculata, is native to China and Korea.
The golden rain tree is a very popular ornamental tree in this country, except in Florida where it is considered invasive.
It creates quite a focal point in the landscape with its yellow summer blossoms and hanging pods in October.
SUN OR SHADE: It will tolerate some shade, but the full majesty of its yellow blooms is best achieved in a sunny location.
SIZE: At 30- to 35-feet tall, it is considered a medium size tree. It will attain a width of approximately 30 feet over time.
SEE IT: At the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; on the western side of the parking lot in the Urban Tree Walk.
For more information, see the arboretum virtual photo tour on www.evergreen or call 425-257-8597.
Sandra Schumacher, Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens
Story tags » Gardening

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