Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Golden Rain-tree - Koelreuteria paniculata   Laxmann
Members of Sapindaceae:
Only member of Koelreuteria in NC.
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DistributionOnly known from 2 specimens outside of cultivation: Battle Park on the UNC campus in Orange County, and Grants Creek at Highway 601 in Rowan County. Other specimens at SERNEC are from cultivated plants.

Native of northern China; in N.A. scattered from MA to IL, south to FL and TX; also UT, ID, WA, CA.
AbundanceVery rare outside of cultivation, although widely planted as an ornamental.
HabitatDisturbed woods, roadside creek.
PhenologyFlowering May-July; fruiting August-October.
IdentificationThis is a small tree with compound leaves. Each leaflet is divided into 3-5 subleaflets or lobes. The flowers are bright yellow on open panicles. The fruits are ovate, sharp pointed at the tip, each with 3 papery sections.
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