Common name: Goldenrain tree
Origin: China, Korea
Height at maturity: 10 to 12 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: ornamental tree
Flowering: June – July
Flower color: yellow
Soil type: draining, all soils
Use: in the garden, isolated, in alignment, bonsai
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Storage of seeds: 2 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
This fast-growing tree is distinguished by its strongly spreading habit, which makes it an exceptional ornamental tree. It produces light foliage that turns from green to pink to yellow and then to orange-red in autumn. Flowering is characterized by lantern-shaped flowers that are grouped in panicles 30 centimeters long that attract pollinating insects.
The Soap tree is an easy-to-grow tree that thrives in all types of soil, whether sandy or poor, acidic, alkaline or clayey. It is very rustic, it supports negative temperatures down to -20°C without problems and even more.
Although this tree has shallow roots, it resists high winds. In addition, it is insensitive to diseases and other harmful insects as well as to atmospheric pollution.
The soap tree is an easy-to-grow tree that needs full sun exposure but will do well in a partial shade location. It is hardy (USDA Zone 6), does not fear frost and is not the target of pests or diseases.
The soap tree takes its name from the saponin which is enclosed in its bark and which is used in Asia to make soap. Its other name of Lantern tree comes from the shape of its fruits which resemble it.