Koelreuteria bipinnata

Chinese Flame Tree, Golden Rain Tree

In Stock: 9.38 lb (Total:8.421lb)
  • Koelreuteria bipinnata

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in cold water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 30-60 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification 

Introducing the striking Koelreuteria bipinnata - the Chinese Flame Tree or Golden Rain Tree. This small to medium-sized deciduous tree, native to southern China, promises a striking display of golden yellow flowers in late summer. It is one of the few trees that bloom in summer months, making it a unique addition to any garden.
With ovate, bipinnate leaves that transition from green to yellow in fall, the tree's beauty extends to every season. The flowers, small and yellow with a red touch at their base, and produced in large branched panicles, elevate its aesthetic appeal. Not to mention, they emanate a pleasant fragrance. The pinkish seed "pods" add another layer of visual intrigue and are excellent for dried arrangements.
This tree is not merely a source of beauty; it is a testament to endurance. It tolerates poor soil, thriving in clay, sand, or well-drained alkaline loam, and withstands wind, air pollution, salt spray, heat and drought. In addition, the tree boasts a significant lifespan, living 50 to 150 years.
Despite its textured brown bark and its tendency to bend down as it grows, the Flame Tree is low-maintenance, requiring only some occasional pruning, and is largely free from pests or diseases.
The seeds of the Koelreuteria bipinnata are popular for crafting necklaces while the flowers are used to yield a yellow dye. Imagine the wonder of watching this native Chinese tree grow and flourish in your own space, serving both aesthetic and practical uses. Choose Koelreuteria bipinnata - a tree for all seasons, poised to enliven your landscape with its radiant, flame-like blooms.

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