Golden Raintree, Koelreuteria paniculata ‘September Gold’, was first grown in the US by Thomas Jefferson, using seeds sent from France in 1809. A native of Asia, the raintree was planted for thousands of years next to the graves of Chinese government officials. It is a tree that is able to withstand heat, drought, high winds and poor soil. It is especially beautiful in summer as it produces golden blossoms, which later in the season yield lantern like fruits. On the Medford Campus, you can find a number of them in bloom between Bridlington 690-691.