Two or three species of Koelreuteria
(depending on the scientific authority) are native to Asia.
This large tree has conspicuous yellow inflorescences in early fall followed by
colorful pink seed capsules. It is one of the few plants on campus with
bipinnately divided leaves. It is pretty but beware of its weedy nature.
Light: full sun
Water: drought tolerant when established
Soil: very adaptable, no special requirements
This plant grows too well in north Florida. A close relative (K. elegans) is included on the Florida
Exotic Pest Plant Council’s exotic pest plant list, appendix II. This species
seems to have the same tendency to spread aggressively. Seedlings are weedy
under the parent trees and in at least one site in the campus natural areas.