Pride of India (Koelreuteria paniculata) - trunk close up - August 2018
Pride of India is a very showy tree given that it's a fairly small tree. This one can be found in the St Thomas park of Exeter, UK. === Koelreuteria paniculata is a medium sized, deciduous tree which despite its common name is native to Eastern Asia. It is tolerant of a lot of urban conditions and also is good on calcareous soil. It has pinnate leaves with serrated individual leaflets which unfurl in spring with a pinkish tinge. In July and August, yellow and orange flowers are borne on long, elegant panicles, followed by paper thin, lantern like seed pods. The seeds are edible once roasted but are not commonly eaten. The final show for Koelreuteria paniculata is in the autumn when the foliage blazes oranges and yellows. It is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree growing to 7 m (23 ft) tall, with a broad, dome-shaped crown === Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Rosids Order: Sapindales Family: Sapindaceae Genus: Koelreuteria Species: K. paniculata Binomial name Koelreuteria paniculata
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