How to Plant a Golden Rain Tree


The golden rain tree is a deciduous tree that is native to Korea and China. The tree is a fast grower and reaches heights of approximately 30 feet. The golden rain tree produces clusters of showy, bright yellow flowers, which give the tree its name. Golden rain trees are cold hardy in gardening zones 5 through 9. If you live within these zones, it is safe to plant a golden rain tree at home.

Step 1

Find a place in your yard that receives full sunlight each day. A golden rain tree needs at least six hours of sunlight each day. The tree tolerates some shade, but flower production is best if the tree is placed in full sun.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is three times the width and the same depth of the tree's current container. For instance, if it is in a container that is 8 inches in diameter and 12 inches deep, dig a hole that is 24 inches in diameter and 12 inches deep.

Step 3

Use a fork to loosen up the sides of the hole, so that the soil is not compacted. Loosening the soil enables the tender roots to penetrate the side walls of the hole more easily.

Step 4

Place the golden rain tree's root ball in the hole, and fan out the roots across the floor of the hole.

Step 5

Refill the hole with the soil that you removed. Do not step on the soil or compress it firmly. Tamp it down gently with your hands.

Step 6

Water the tree immediately so that the roots can work out any oxygen bubbles that are trapped in the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Spade
  • Golden rain tree sapling


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Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.