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Goldenrain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata)

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Hardy, medium-sized, deciduous tree
Description:  Large clusters of bright yellow flowers cover the tree for several weeks in early summer, followed by papery pods
Habit:  Fast-growing tree to 30-feet tall, spreads to 20 feet
Culture:  Prefers full sun and good drainage; tolerant of dry conditions
Hardiness:  USDA Zones 5 through 9
Origin:  China, Korea, Japan
Attributes:  Fall Color, Drought Tolerant

The scientifically-minded French Jesuit, Pierre d'Incarville, was one of the few privileged explorers allowed in China during the mid-18th century.  It is believed that, while in Peking, he collected the black, pea-sized seeds of Goldenrain Tree, which he entrusted to a Russian caravan on a westward trek to Europe.  The seeds would eventually reach the Jardin du Roi in Paris and were being grown by 1763.  In 1809, Jefferson received seeds from his Parisian friend, Madame de Tessé.  He reported back to her in March 1811 that a seedling "has germinated, and is now growing.  I cherish it with particular attentions, as it daily reminds me of the friendship with which you have honored me."  Jefferson's tree was likely the first grown in America.  Goldenrain Trees are now naturalized at Monticello

This plant will ship bare root. zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9

Bare root planting tips:

  • If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
  • Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site.  You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
  • Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing.  Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.

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