5. Koelreuteria paniculata – Golden Rain Tree
Scientific Name: Koelreuteria paniculata
Nativity: Eastern Asia
The genus name of this tree honors Joseph Gottlieb Koelreuter (1733-1806), a pioneer in the field of plant hybridization. In China, this tree is used to mark the graves of prominent officials and on holy land. In 1763, Thomas Jefferson was the first American to cultivate it after a French associate sent it to him as a gift. It is very attractive to bees because of its beautiful yellow blossoms.
DBH: 12.0 inches