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Golden Rain Tree
Characteristics: Deciduous tree 6 m spread 3 m
Seeds per packet: 15
A very adaptable and showy tree, this species is excellent as a specimen or shade tree for small to medium landscaped areas and has proved its value as a street tree.
The tree's most attractive feature is its yellow flowers occurring in terminal panicles 50 cm long appearing in summer and autumn followed by 3 sided brownish yellow or purple seed pods that look like Chinese lanterns.
Native to China.
Prefers a rich well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.
Pre-treatment of scarification & stratification is recommended for this species. This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator or alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.
Cold treatment is not critical for germination to occur but should give increased germination rates.
Seed are best sown in spring. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 16-22°C
General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.