The golden rain tree (Kolreuteria paniculata) is named after the brilliant golden-yellow flowers that cover the tree’s canopy in July. It is a deciduous shrub or wide bushy tree usually 15-20’ tall (maximum 35’). The yellow flowers develop into fruits housed in brown-colored papery capsules reminiscent of Chinese lanterns. Each compound leaves has 7-17 irregularly lobed alternately placed leaflets. (2 1/4″ long). Leaves are pinkish bronze to purplish in spring, mature to a bright green in summer and turn yellow in fall. This tree, native to China, and was introduced into the West by the Jesuit priest Pierre d’Incarville in the 18th century. All parts of the plant contain a highly toxic alkaloid and may be fatal if eaten.