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The Golden Rain Tree is a medium-sized deciduous tree in the Sapindaceae (soapberry) family native to Asia. It is a great urban flowering tree that tolerates drought, heat, wind, and air pollution and grows 30 to 40 feet tall and 15 to 35 feet wide.
Plant this soil adaptable tree in full sun. While it tolerates a range of soil types it prefers moist, well-drained soil that is neutral to slightly alkaline. It has spreading branches but a rounded outline. This tree has a medium to fast growth rate and transplants and self-seeds easily.
It flowers at an early age with an display of summer yellow flowers produce a fireworks show of bright color. When the blooms are finished and the petals drop to the ground resembling a “Golden Rain” blanket, hence the common name. The yellow color is echoed in the feathery compound leaves come fall but it is inconsistent so not particularly showy. The fruit display is very distinctive with three parted dry tan capsules, and these showy fruits are sometimes used in dried arrangements.
The Golden Rain Tree works well planted in a lawn or park or near a patio, though consider the flower and leaf litter if planted near any hardscape. Use it to shade children’s garden where the flowers and fruits can be enjoyed. This tree will grow from Zone 5a-9b.