Great Design Plant: Goldenrain Tree, an Ornamental Performer
With showy fruits, bright flowers and rich foliage, this adaptable tree offers 3 seasons of interest in 5 U.S. zones
Common name: Goldenrain tree
Origin: China, Korea and Japan
Where it will grow: Hardy to -20 degrees (USDA zones 5 to 9; find your zone)
Elevation range: Up to 7,500 feet
Water requirement: Low to moderate
Light requirement: Full sun
Mature size: 20 to 30 feet tall and 25 to 35 feet wide
Benefits and tolerances: Long season of interest from both flowers and fruit; tolerant of air pollution, wind and drought once established.
When to plant: Spring
Seasonal interest: Summer through winter
Shown: Newly emerging pods have a reddish tint.
For companion plants consider vibrant midsummer bloomers such as leadplant (Amorpha canescens, zones 2 to 9), English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, zones 5 to 8), daylily (Hemerocallis spp, zones 3 to 9) and poppy mallow (Callirhoe involucrata, zones 4 to 9).
Shown: Dried seedpods persist through winter.
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