As the year turns, this is the last edition of #ThursdayTreeLove of 2019 and I bring to you the gorgeous Flame Gold rain tree. I came across this tree in the Sunder nursery during one of my tree walks in October. I have never ever seen or heard of this tree. It was an absolute delight to make its acquaintance.
Genus: Koelreuteria Elegans
Common name: Flame gold rain tree / Taiwanese rain tree
When I had my first glimpse of the tree, I mistook these pink tipped branches as the flowers of the Flame Gold rain tree. In fact, the three lobed lantern like rose pink pod is actually the fruit of the tree and not the flowers. Since I didn’t see its yellow flowers, I assumed this to be the most delightful sight. My guess is that the tree doesn’t look that glorious when flowering. Its these lanterns which makes it uniquely pretty.
I was told that these papery pods retain their color even after falling off the tree. Some places these are treasured in dry flower arrangements. I so wanted to bring some of them home, but was unable to break them off as they were quite high up.
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Flame gold rain tree favors the tropical and sub tropical climate and is oft planted as a landscape tree. Its generally a broad spreading tree that stays evergreen year around.
I loved this gorgeously endowed deciduous tree that is flourishing in the Sunder Nagar nursery in New Delhi and I urge you to go and have a look at it. If you take pains to walk around, you might spot another one of these tucked away in one obscure corner.
Joining in the #Thursdaytreelove linky with Parul which is a fortnightly feature every month.
My previous post for this linky can be found here