It is a fast-growing and relatively easy-to-care-for tree reaching up to 20 feet tall. The Lophanthera lactescens has yellowish-green foliage and large, pendulous yellow and orange flowers, usually blooming during early summer. It produces a pleasant, fragrant scent and is a great choice for hot climates due to its heat tolerance. It is truly a plant native to the tropics of Brazil.
In order to keep this plant healthy, it needs full sun and regular water during the summertime and moderate water during the winter. It can grow in a variety of soil types, as long as it drains well. The plant thrives in USDA Zones 9-11. The important consideration for cold regions is to make sure that the Golden Chain Tree is planted in a pot and can be brought in a heated greenhouse or garage when the temperature drops during the winter.
This tropical-looking plant enjoys light fertilization in late spring or early summer, when the yellow and orange blooms are already in full swing. Pruning should be done during the winter when the tree is not actively growing, to ensure the best growth and health.
The Lophanthera lactescens is an easy tree to care for and can bring a bit of the tropics to any garden. With its tall, graceful form and bright, fragrant flower spikes, it is a great addition to many urban and suburban landscapes.