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Koelreuteria paniculata
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Sapindaceae
Subfamily: Sapindoideae
Genus: Koelreuteria

Koelreuteria bipinnata
Koelreuteria elegans
Koelreuteria paniculata

Koelreuteria /kɛlrʊˈtɪəriə/,[2] also known as chinese lantern tree,[3] is a genus of three species of flowering plants in the family Sapindaceae, native to southern and eastern Asia.

They are medium-sized deciduous trees growing to 10–20 m (33–66 ft) tall, with spirally arranged pinnate or bipinnate leaves. The flowers are small and yellow, produced in large branched panicles 20–50 cm (8–20 in) long. The fruit is a three-lobed inflated papery capsule 3–6 cm long, containing several hard nut-like seeds 5–10 mm diameter.

The genus was named after Joseph Gottlieb Kölreuter, from Karlsruhe, Germany, by Erich Laxmann.


Koelreuteria are commonly used as focal points in landscape design in regions where they thrive.

In some areas, notably parts of eastern North America, they have become invasive species.


  1. ^ "Koelreuteria Laxm". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2006-03-29. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  2. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
  3. ^ "Golden Rain Tree". MDC Teacher Portal. Retrieved 2022-11-09.


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