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Commonly known as China tree, Golden-rain tree, Pride of India
leaves to 45cm (18in) long, consisting of 7-15 or more, ovate-oblong, scalloped leaflets. Emerging leaves are pink-red, becoming mid-green and turning butter-yellow in autumn
Spreading tree. Flowers are followed by bladder-like pink- or red-flushed fruit capsules to 5cm (2in) long
Hardy - cold winter Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Good to know - wildlife plant - insects
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Bowl-shaped - shallowly bowl-shaped 1cm (½in) across
large, pyramidal panicles to 30cm (12in) long
Leaf Colour (if not green)
Pinnate see photos above
Entire see photos above
Oblong see photos above
Pruning group 1
Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Fertile well drained soil
Rounded to broadly columnar