Pride of India - Koelreuteria paniculata
Pride of India
Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)
About 5 M
Kina & Korea (naturalized in Japan)
The plant in the photograph is located by the main office building in square 1016, position 1017.
The Family Sapindaceae occurs naturally in the tropic and war-temperate zones. The genus Koelreuteria contains 3 species.
A tree up to between 10 and 15 meters in height where it grows naturally. A 100 year-old tree in Copenhagen Universitys Botanical Garden was 8 meters tall and equally as wide when it was felled a few years ago.
The irregular compound leaves are opposite and up to 35 cm long.
The short-stalked yellow flowers sit in large, terminal, panicles up to 35 cm and flower in August. The fruit is a 4-5 cm long, air-filled, three sided, egg shaped, papery bladder with 3 seeds. The seeds mature in September to October.
In Beijing the Pride of India can be seen as a street tree in the block south of the Danish Embassy. It is used as a street tree in central Europe.