TREE OF THE MONTH
Koelreuteria Paniculata The Pride of India also known as The Golden Rain Tree
Despite the heat, following the Buckinghamshire, council member and dendrologist, Michael Hunt ventured out into the park at Great Linford to find the The Golden Rain Tree which was beginning to flower.
Despite its name ‘Pride of India’ it actually comes from China and can be seen growing in the hills below the Great Wall of China, the tree is more commonly planted in China than here. It was introduced in Britain around 1763 where it flowers in July/August the flowers are followed by conspicuous bladder-like fruits which turn orange and then pink in Autumn.
The bright sunshine would have made photographing the tree difficult, so here are photographs of this species from Michael’s archives showing the example at Anglesey Abbey.