Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

Golden raintree

Koelreuteria paniculata

About This Species

Zone 5a

Grow me instead of Tree of heaven

Golden raintree is named after its fantastic hanging yellow flowers in the spring that are replaced with interesting, inflated, rust-colored pods in the summer. Quickly reaching heights of 10 m, this is an eye-catching choice for a specimen or shade tree. Golden raintree is drought-tolerant and pollution-tolerant – which is why it is often used as a street tree in busy cities!

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Drought-tolerant
  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Dry or occasionally moist conditions