goldenrain tree
Koelreuteria bipinnata
  • LEAVES: alternate, deciduous, bipinnately compound; ovate leaflets to 4” long; yellow-green in summer, bright yellow in fall
  • FLOWER: large showy terminal panicles of bright yellow flowers; flowers September through October; flowers drop off like "golden rain", hence the name
  • FRUIT: large panicles of papery sacs form immediately after flowering; present October through winter; turning from bright pink, then salmon, then tan
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  • FORM: broad to flat-topped, medium sized tree; often multiple stemmed due to winter die-back
  • HABITAT: urban ornamental
  • RANGE: extreme Gulf coast; not cold hardy; native of China
  • USES: ornamental
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. bipinnately compound, yellow-green leaves
    2. large terminal panicles of yellow flowers, early fall
    3. large terminal panicles of pink-to-tan sacs

    NOTES: trees in Baton Rouge may actually be Koelreuteria elegans; Koelreuteria paniculata (northen goldenrain tree) is cold hardy, but flowers in the spring