The KPRC Radio Gardenline Tip By Randy Lemmon For 10-30-03 Printer-Friendly Version
What's That Tree?
Since itís been a while since Iíve used these email tips to help identify certain trees or shrubs that catches everyoneís attention, there is no time like the present. In October through November for all the years that Iíve hosted GardenLine, I can always predict this question that several have asked already asked this past week "What is that tree with the pinkish flowers that almost look like bougainvillea blooms that is flowering around town?Ē
It is the golden rain tree, Koelreuteria bipinnata, which produces panicles of yellow flowers in October, and these are followed by the pinkish-salmon, papery seed sacs we are seeing now.
Itís not the kind of tree that everyone thinks about planting during the rest of the year, but because of itís unusually-colored paper seeds right now, it seems that everyone is interested.
Here are some links you can get to regarding the Golden Rain Tree, the first of which gives a pretty good lineage of what the tree looks like in all of its stages throughout the year.
< http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/Trees/golden.htm >
The rest of the links are as follows.
< http://faculty.evansville.edu/ck6/bstud/raintree.html >
< http://www.wellesley.edu/Activities/homepage/web/Species/pgoldenrain.html >
Until next issue, here's to
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