Golden Rain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata
The Golden Rain Tree, also known as the Pride of India is native to China, Korea and Japan and was introduced to Britain in 1763. This tree is one of 3 species in the genus Koelreuteria which is named after a German botanist. It has yellow flowers in summer and lantern-like pink fruit pods in autumn. It is not common but is found in some collections and can easily be recognised by its distinctive fruit.
The pinnate leaves are very long, up to 45cm. They have 11 to 13 lobed leaflets. The leaf shape is unique to the Golden Rain Tree.
The small yellow flowers are arranged on large, branched stalks called panicles. They cover the tree in mid-summer. Photo taken in late July.