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Koelreuteria paniculata Tree

Golden Rain Tree
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  • From £49.99 (ex VAT)

Koelreuteria Paniculata is popular for its profuse bright yellow flowers in July-August against attractive, pinnate, mid-green foliage (bronze when first appearing) that turns orange and yellow in the autumn in a fiery display. After flowering, large, pretty lantern-shaped dry fruits each containing a hard seed, adorn the branches.

This stunning, medium sized tree will develop a rounded crown.  It requires a sunny position and will tolerate atmospheric pollution and dry conditions, reaching an estimated height and spread of 6 x 4 metres in 20 years.

AKA Golden Rain Tree, China Tree, Pride of India Tree

  • Common name: Golden Rain Tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Mid-green foliage in spring and summer, turning orange and yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of all soils

Planting Advice for Koelreuteria paniculata Trees

Our pot grown Golden Rain trees can be planted at any time of the year.  Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying Mycorrhizal root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil.

Gently loosen the tree roots and place into the planting hole. If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree.

We recommend planting Koelreuteria with a stake and tie and if needed, a rabbit guard. The advice section has further information.

Aftercare Advice for Koelreuteria paniculata Trees

If you’re planting Pride of India trees in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Installing mulch matting will aid in this. Do not just mow the grass in the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.

Pruning Advice for Koelreuteria paniculata Trees

Golden Rain trees do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy up your China tree, do this during the dormant season. Focus on removing any damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches. If you require a clear trunk, remove any side shoots to help raise the crown.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. It is a one off charge and will not increase if you add to the order.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Koelreuteria paniculata Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Koelreuteria paniculata Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Koelreuteria paniculata Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Koelreuteria paniculata Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 150-200cm 12L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
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Koelreuteria paniculata Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Koelreuteria paniculata Price £219.99 (ex VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot £219.99 (ex VAT)
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