Golden rain tree is a medium-sized tree reaching 50 feet in height and spreading to a width equal to its height, typically with a single trunk. The crown is round open and somewhat irregular, becoming flat-topped with age and drooping, fairly weak branches. The bark gray, vertically furrowed and corky. Leaves are alternate, ovate to oblong, bipinnately compound, yellowish green with an overall length of 10 - 24 inches. Leaflets are elongated to egg-shaped, with irregular toothed edges and long pointed tips, 2 - 4 inches long. Flowers borne above the leaves in large, branched, upright clusters 12 - 18 inches long; clusters contain numerous very showy cascading yellow fragrant blooms up to 3/4 inch across; flowering occurs for only a relatively short period. Fruits are inflated papery 3-sided oval capsules 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 x 1 - 1 3/4 inches, initially bright red or purple fading to pink and finally brown; each capsules contains 6 black, rounded seeds. Seeds used for propagation. The tree should be pruned to thin branches and improve form. Golden rain tree can be grown in any well-drained soils and is hardy once established. With its handsome leaves, brilliant flowers and colorful fruits, this tree is an outstanding specimen tree in a garden, park or patio. It also has application as a street tree, courtyard, civic center, large planter and xerophytic garden. Raintree is a common name for several flowering trees.