The Golden Rain Tree is in bloom across Kansas City right now.
Introduced from Japan in 1763, the Golden Rain Tree has been a gorgeous addition to the landscape for decades. This smaller, rounded head tree, usually 30 to 40 feet tall, can withstand air pollution, heavy clay soils and drought. In June and July, it is covered with cascading bright yellow blooms that bring to mind a gentle, golden shower. Later the blossoms turn to unusual brown seed pods. In fall, the typically bright green foliage turns to an attractive light yellow.