Goldenrain Tree

Koelreuteria paniculata

The name of this unusual species is derived from the long, loose clusters of yellow flowers that appear in early summer. These flowers are then followed by papery fruit capsules, which resemble Japanese lanterns. It is at its most beautiful in early July. This tree’s leaves can be pinnately and/or bipinnately compound. Introduced to Europe from China in 1763, the Goldenrain Tree was designated by the early Chinese dynasties as one of five official memorial trees. The Goldenrain Tree was typically planted on the tombs of scholars, although not in all cases as demonstrated by the specimen in our guide.

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Illustration of Goldenrain Tree

Illustration of Goldenrain Tree

Source: http://urbanaillinois.us/sites/default/files/attachments/tree-walk.pdf | Creator: Illustration courtesy City of Urbana View File Details Page

Goldenrain Tree

Goldenrain Tree

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Goldenrain Tree

Goldenrain Tree

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Lantern from a Goldenrain Tree

Lantern from a Goldenrain Tree

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Seeds from a Goldenrain Tree

Seeds from a Goldenrain Tree

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Access Information:

This is the parkway tree on Busey side

Street Address:

715 W. Washington [map]

Cite this Page:

Mike Brunk, “Goldenrain Tree,” ExploreCU, accessed June 27, 2017, http://explorecu.org/items/show/337.

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