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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.

Images

Illustration of Goldenrain Tree Source: http://urbanaillinois.us/sites/default/files/attachments/tree-walk.pdf Creator: Illustration courtesy City of Urbana
Goldenrain Tree Creator: Crystal Sheu Date: September 30th, 2015
Goldenrain Tree Creator: Crystal Sheu Date: September 30th, 2015
Lantern from a Goldenrain Tree Creator: Crystal Sheu Date: September 30th, 2015
Seeds from a Goldenrain Tree Creator: Crystal Sheu Date: September 30th, 2015

Location

715 W. Washington | This is the parkway tree on Busey side

Metadata

Mike Brunk, “Goldenrain Tree,” ExploreCU, accessed January 27, 2022, https://explorecu.org/items/show/337.