SCIENTIFIC NAME: Koelreuteria paniculata
COMMON NAME: panicled golden-rain tree, goldenraintree, varnish tree
FLOWERS: Big, yellow panicle (1' long) flowers in late May to early June.
LEAVES: Odd pinnately compound leaves with the coarsely serrated leaflet having a small wing near the petiole. Usually 7 to 15 leaflets/leaf.
FRUIT: Bladder-like to 2" long in summer. Seed nestled inside. At first purplish and then brown.
GROWTH HABIT: Grows 15' to 30' tall. Can be single or multi-trunked (severe renewal prune when young).
OTHER: A tough plant that can withstand heat and wind. Prefers full sun. Is a good tree for a small area, specimen tree, etc. Hardy from zones 5 to 9. Has a very lightweight, but strong wood. A member of the Sapindaceae family.