Chinese Flame Tree

About 5 years ago, my city removed my parkway trees because the roots were causing sidewalk damage. I was then asked what kind of tree did I want as replacement, from their approved list of acceptable trees. I selected the Chinese flame tree (also known as bougainvillea golden rain tree and Koelreuteria bipinnata) – 2 of them! The photo on the far right is a close-up of its beautiful yellow flowers and dark pink fruit husks, or seed pods, or more popularly known as “paper lanterns.” The other photo is one of those paper lanterns. These particular lanterns are a bit young. In seasons past, the lanterns were larger and the color was actually closer to an exquisite pale peach-pink. The yellow flowers themselves will later become paper lanterns. This deciduous native of China provides beauty and nice shade – double duty!

I will attempt to propagate this tree by opening up the lanterns and emptying their seeds into potting soil. I am eager to see if I will be successful. I can’t wait!


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