Plant Care China Tree

China Tree

About China Tree

Koelreuteria paniculata is a medium sized deciduous tree that grows 30'-40' high. It is a great urban flowering tree that tolerates drought, heat, wind, and air pollution. It flowers at an early age with upright display of yellow flowers, a rare color in flowering trees.

Taxonomy

Koelreuteria paniculata
Koelreuteria
Sapindaceae
Sapindales

Also known as

Golden Rain Tree, Golden Rain Tree, Goldenrain tree, Pride of india, China tree and Varnish tree

How to care for China Tree

💦 Water

How often to water your China Tree

Water needs for China Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

China Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of China Tree

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Golden Rain Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant China Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

China Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

China Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of China Tree in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize China Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for China Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your China Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

China Tree is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Golden Rain Tree →

Common Golden Rain Tree Problems →


💦 Water Needs

China Tree prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Golden Rain Tree Water Frequency →

Golden Rain Tree Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

China Tree requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Golden Rain Tree Light Requirements →

Golden Rain Tree Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

China Tree is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Golden Rain Tree →


💩 Fertilizer

China Tree should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Golden Rain Tree →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

China Tree grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Golden Rain Tree →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
China Tree can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Golden Rain Tree Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for China Tree

China Tree

China Tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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