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RAINTREE, GOLDEN

Koelreuteria spp.

Koelreuteria spp. of the family Sapindaceae, including at least Koelreuteria paniculata and Koelreuteria elegans

Unfortunately "golden raintree" is also used in some countries to refer to laburnum because the German common name for laburnum, "goldregen" is translated into English as "golden rain", so in Germany, Holland, and possibly other countries, "golden rain" or "golden raintree" means laburnum, NOT Koelreuteria spp. but in the USA I believe that golden raintree refers to Koelreuteria spp.

Correspondent John K. Jordan said this about golden raintree:

As a beekeeper I have long noticed how bees are attracted to the tree from sunup to sundown for about 4 weeks each summer. I estimated between 2 and 3 thousand bees in the tree all day long. The interesting thing about the tree is where I'm fairly certain it gets its common name. At the end of the 4-week nectar flow the flower petals start falling off. It is an amazing and surreal thing to stand under the tree in the middle of a gentle golden snowfall of tiny petals, each slowly falling to carpet the ground in yellow. One of my favorite trees!



my samples:

NOTE: of the 3 samples below, the last one is clearly not what it was sold
to me as, the first one seems to be OK and the second one is doubtful



both sides of a sample plank of golden raintree / Koelreuteria paniculata --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. You can't see it very well in the pics but this piece has a light curl


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of golden raintree / Koelreuteria paniculata --- HUGE enlargements are present. I note that this sample is solidly ring porous and not semi ring porous as is the sample directly above, and which is what Koelreuteria paniculata is shown to be on reference sites, so I'm dubious about this actually being Koelreuteria paniculata.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of rgolden raintree / Koelreuteria paniculata --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Mark was not sure this was golden raintree but as nearly as I can tell, it very likely is but I don't have enough information about Koelreuteria spp. to be sure.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above



web pics:


plank


pen turned from golden raintree / Koelreuteria paniculata Photograph contributed to the site by the pen turner, Bruce Selyem, whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The pen is finished with shellwax.