Chinese Rain Tree, a Famous Indigenous Tree on Our Campus

posted May 8, 2012, 8:42 PM by Yung-tai Tu   [ updated May 10, 2012, 6:35 AM ]

English Name

Chinese Rain Tree, Flamegold

Scientific Name

Koelreuteria formosana

Galary( Click on me.)


It  is a deciduous tree native to Taiwan and southern China. It flowers in early to mid-summer. Flowers are  butter-yellow with five petals that vary in length until opening. Each flower contains seven to eight pale yellow stamens with hairy white filaments.

How do they reflect local climate and geographic characteristics?

It is widely grown throughout the tropics and sub-tropical parts of the world as a street tree.

Roles in local ecosystem

The seeds of Chinese Rain Tree povide food for stink bugs, which are then eaten by native swallows, Greater Striated Swallow.  On the contray,exotic trees are not always  welcome to local animals.