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Post  Gubby on 20th July 2010, 6:34 am

Can you guys help me ID this tree? It was aquired from Lotus bonsai Nursery in Placerville, Ca. They did not know what it was so I bought the pot for 10.00 and the tree came in it. http://i34.servimg.com/u/f34/15/44/12/91/unknow13.jpg
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Post  David Brunner on 20th July 2010, 9:11 am

Hello Gubby,

The foliage sure looks like Koelreutaria paniculata, the Goldenrain Tree, to me. It’s frequently used as a street tree in the Central Valley around Sacramento. I’ve not seen it used as bonsai, so I have no guidance there.

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Post  Gubby on 20th July 2010, 9:16 am

Thanks David

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Post  AlainK on 20th July 2010, 11:04 am

I have one in my garden (USDA zone 8 ) and it's a very strong tree : it can withstand drought and freeze, drastic pruning, and it yields thousands of viable seeds.

I'm trying one in a pot, but it's not the easiest species I've worked with : long compound leaves, and very brittle.

But very nice Autumn colours.

I think only a very large specimen would make a good bonsaï, but that's just my 2 €cents' worth...


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Post  EdMerc on 20th July 2010, 11:39 am

I have a few in pots and in the ground. Not by choice initially. My neighbor had a full grown golden raintree and when that thing went into seed, there wasn't a square inch of my property, including my rain gutters, that didn't end up with little GRT's growing out of it.

I haven't gotten into styling yet. Not quite sure how to go about it.

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Post  JimLewis on 21st July 2010, 1:07 am

Our local extension agent has a (probably futile) campaign on to eradicate every single one of these from the county.

For some incredibly stupid (and wrong) reason, the Arbor Day folks include these in their package of freebies for joining. It is an awful weed. It may make a good bonsai but for heaven's sake don't let it go to seed!

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