Flame gold is a very popular landscape tree native to China, Korea and Taiwan. The tree is more commonly seen covered with large clusters of persistent rose-colored, papery capsules, which may be mistaken for the blooms. Flowers are small, fragrant, and appear in very showy, dense, panicles at the end of branches. The bark is smooth and light brown when young, becoming ridged and furrowed as the tree matures.
Golden rain tree also called pride-of-India, China tree, or varnish tree, flowering tree of the soap berry family (Sapindaceae), native to East Asia and widely cultivated in temperate regions for its handsome foliage and curious bladder like seedpods.
The dome-shaped tree grows to about 9 metres (30 feet) tall. The yellow four-petaled flowers grow in a showy terminal cluster. The papery, greenish fruit pods, which appear soon after the flowers, contain black seeds.