Koelreuteria paniculata
Photo by Flickr user Maja Dumat

goldenrain tree

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • SMSierra and Coastal Mountains
  • CVCentral Valley
  • DTDesert
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


Suitable for all California regions, but requires full sun and moderate water. Trees will grow to 20-35 feet in height with open branches; deciduous with large green compound leaves that can turn yellow to gold in the fall.

The flower bloom is very impressive with large clusters of yellow flowers in early summer. Fruit capsules are red when young and then mature to shades of brown.

This tree can handle heat, cold, drought, wind, and air pollution.

'Coral Sun' does not flower and has coral stems. 'Rose Lantern' has seed pods flushed with pink, and 'September' blooms a month after the species.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun

Water needs:

  • Medium water
  • Low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted