Koelreuteria paniculata, or goldenrain tree, is an Asian tree valued for its bright yellow summer flowers when few trees other than crepe myrtles are in bloom. The selection ‘Beachmaster’ is a relatively dwarf tree growing to about 20′ tall and wide. The branched flower panicles are a bit earlier than the species typically is and will give rise to Chinese lantern-like seed pods. It is exceptionally drought tolerant and will grow in very sandy coastal conditions. Fall color can be deep gold. Koelreuteria can seed around a bit and has the potential to colonize in waste areas and roadsides but will not out-compete native trees over time.
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