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Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: High

Lime: Medium

Koelreuteria paniculata, commonly known as Pride of India or Golden Rain Tree, is a beautiful deciduous tree that is native to East Asia, particularly China and Korea. It has gained popularity in many parts of the world due to its stunning visual appeal.

One of the most distinctive features of Pride of India, is its lantern shaped fruits which are produced in autumn. These develop from clusters of fragrant, yellow, and nectar-rich flowers. Fruits are initially green but develop into a bronze and hang on the tree throughout winter. Each fruit contains three small black seeds that are often used to make jewellery.

The foliage is compound and imparipinnate, and each leaf is composed of several glossy dark green leaflets. During autumn, the foliage transforms into vibrant shades of yellow orange and brown, creating a breath-taking display of colours.

Due to its aesthetic appeal and low maintenance requirements, Pride of India is often used in large gardens, parks and urban landscapes. Its attractive foliage and colourful seed pods make it a favoured choice for landscapers and garden designers seeking a visually striking addition to their outdoor spaces.

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Size

Small/Medium

8m high x 6m wide after 25 years

Environment

Often used in parks and urban landscapes.

Canopy

Rounded and open crown with a graceful and airy appearance. This will turn more umbrella shaped as the tree matures.

Foliage

Compound and imparipinnate with 7-15 dark green leaflets. New leaves are bright red, turning a glossy dark green, then yellow to orange-brown in autumn.

Flowers

Yellow flowers in summer

Fruit

In late summer paper-thin fruit capsules appear. These are initially green but will turn a bronze colour. Each fruit contains black seeds.

Resilience

Adaptable and tolerant to various growing conditions. Will tolerate drought and heat. Prefers dry to fresh well drained alkaline soil. Thrives in full sun exposure but can also tolerate partial shade. Sensitive to surface compaction.

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