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Scientific Name: Koelreuteria elegans
Synonym: Koelreuteria henryi, Koelreuteria formosana
Family: Sapindaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 13, 18-24
USDA: 9b-11

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Taiwan and Japan

Growth Habits: Evergreen tree, 35 to 45 feet tall (10-14 m), 35 to 50 feet wide (10-15 m); twice compound leaves

Watering Needs: Moderate water

Propagation: Self-sows, can be invasive

The genus name honors J. Koelreuter, a German professor. Very close to Koelreuteria bipinnata, but evergreen and much more cold sensitive.

Blooming Habits:
Small fragrant yellow flowers in dense panicles, up to 18 inches long (45 cm), in late spring to early summer.

Fruiting Habits:
Large clusters of two-inch long bright pink capsules with papery texture: "Chinese lanterns".

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