Growing Golden Rain Trees In The Yards
Golden rain trees gets its name from its bright yellow flowers that mimic “golden rain” falling to the ground and forming a lush layer of blossoms after blooming. Spring is the optimal time to plant golden rain trees. Look for trees that have a straight trunk and well-spaced branching pattern in the nursery, as these are more likely to develop a pleasing shape later on. Staking the tree with a stout wooden post on either side is important to keep it from toppling over in high winds before the root system is established. The beauty of the golden rain tree is the minimal care it requires. Water weekly for the first couple of years and maintain a weed free area around the trunk, ideally covered with mulch. They don’t always take on a picture perfect shape on their own, so selective pruning may be in order.
Remove branches that have either a very wide or very narrow angle with the trunk and thin out smaller branches as needed to maintain an open crown with an even distribution of foliage. Any deadwood that appears in the canopy should be removed. Golden rain trees are known as tough survivor. Its ability to handle smog and abuse make it a popular choice in harsh urban conditions, but its adaptability to any soil type and ability to thrive with minimal irrigation make it a worthwhile choice in almost any setting.