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Golden-rain tree Koelreuteria paniculata

This handsome small tree, known as Golden-rain tree, or the Pride of India (Koelreuteria paniculata), actually comes from China. Its dark red bark is striking in winter and contrasts with new pinkish-red foliage produced in spring, followed by yellow flowers and inflated bladder-like fruits.

The fruit is a three-parted inflated bladderlike pod, about 6 cm long, which becomes orange to pink in autumn. It contains several dark brown to black seeds 5–8 mm diameter.

You can adopt this entire species for £2,000. Your donation will used to maintain the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, ensure this species is kept safe forever in the vaults, and to collect more species in the future.

In addition to receiving your adoption pack featuring your certificate and photograph of the species (this will be posted to you, or the recipient), you will also be invited to a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst. You'll meet the staff and see the vaults where your species is stored.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Jill Taylor on 020 8332 3248 or

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