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How do you care for Koelreuteria paniculata?

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Care for Koelreuteria paniculata by making sure it has plenty of loamy or dry soil, is in a sunny and slightly sheltered position and gets pruned regularly. In addition, do not transplant one of these trees in the fall, as this has not proven successful traditionally.

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To care for a Koelreuteria paniculata tree, first make sure it is planted in loose, well-drained soil and is located in a spot that gets plenty of sunlight but is also sheltered from heavy winds. This helps keep the tree's brittle wood from breaking.

During the growing season, water the tree regularly using a garden hose. During the winter, prune any crossing branches, and prune any dead, broken or diseased branches throughout the rest of the year. Check the branches regularly for scale insects, which form lumpy colonies that are either hard or soft. During the spring, spray the tree with some type of horticultural oil to smother any unhatched insect eggs that may be lingering.

Koelreuteria paniculata is known by many other names as well, such as goldenrain tree, varnish tree, pride of India and China tree. This tree is native to eastern Asia but is grown as an ornamental tree all over the world. The Koelreuteria paniculata is vulnerable to a few tree diseases, including cankers and verticillium.

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