Shade and Ornamental Trees: Koelreuteria (Goldenrain Tree)

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Koelreuteria paniculata

Panicled Goldenrain or Varnish Tree has a slightly rounded crown which becomes flat with age. The new leaves emerge with a wine or bronze tint, changing to mid/dark green before turning chartreuse or golden-yellow with an orange cast in fall (*fall colour is inconsistent). Small, yellow flowers with a red centre appear in summer (July-August) in 30cm panicles, followed by fruit resembling small Japanese paper lanterns (inflated seed pods). Capsules are yellowish-green in late summer changing to brownish-red by fall. Tolerant of drought, heat, wind, pollution.

Koelreuteria paniculata 'Coral Sun'

Coral Sun Goldenrain Tree is a new introduction with new, finely cut foliage flushing a very attractive coral pink-red to orange -red. It changes from orange-red to golden-orange before turning mid-green in summer and golden-yellow/orange in fall. Bright red petioles add more colour interest! Golden yellow flower spikes in summer appear on established trees, which form paper lantern-like fruit capsules. Yellowish branches in winter. Will grow best in warm, sheltered garden; may be smaller in cooler locations. May get leaf burn in heat. see also: Koelreuteria paniculata