Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree

General Information
Common Name Golden Shower Tree
Scientific Name Cassia fistula
Sun Tolerance Full Sun
Height 10 – 15 m (33 – 50 ft)
Spread  4.5 – 6 m (15 – 20 ft)
Growth Rate Fast
Bloom Time Summer
Color Green
Flower Color Yellow
Type Tree
Native South Asia and tropical and sub-tropical regions
Classification
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae – Pea family
Genus Cassia L. – cassia
Species C. fistula

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree 
Cassia fistula common name is Golden Shower Tree. This is native to South Asia and in tropical and subtropical countries. This is large flowering and ornamental tree. Golden Shower tree is a full sun tolerant tree. This is an evergreen first growing plant and grows to 10 – 15 m (33 – 50 ft). The well-spaced branches are clothed with innately compound leaves, with leaflets up to eight inches long and 2.5 inches wide. In summer, Golden Shower Tree is decorated with thick clusters of showy yellow blooms which cover the slightly drooping branches. When full blooms it is looking so beautiful and flowers look like shower, so it called Golden Shower Tree. This tree produces a dark brown bean-pod 30-60 cm long filled with a sticky pulp and 40-100 hard brown seeds. 
Young trees can grow asymmetrical with branches often drooping toward the ground. Staking and proper pruning will help develop a well shaped and structured crown. 
It has great value in medicine. It is known as aragvadha, meaning "disease killer". The root is considered a purgative, and self-medication or any use without medical supervision is strongly advised against in Ayurvedic texts. The flesh of the fruit is used as a laxative, while the bark can be used to treat skin infections.


Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree 

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree 

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree 

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree : Leaves

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree 

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree : Flowers

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree : Flower

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree : Fruits

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree : Fruit

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree 

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree 

Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree 

5 comments:

Aurora Ruizo-Agra said...

Golden shower tree is really awesome! food for the soul and food for the butterflies... am growing one, given by my brother.

Lover said...

I just got seeds from the pod of one. I hope all of them grow beautifully into a tree! :)

d malvito said...

I have one given by a friend, it is getting ready to bloom for the first time and it is only waist high.

Perebere said...

Hello, I live in Perth and I have a Cassia Fistula in a large pot and its about 1 foot high. I have it in full sun and protected from the wind. The leaves are browning at the tips and I'm worried that it's going to die. What would you recommend as being the best growing environment and how often do I need to water the tree?

Miha said...

Hi! I need a little help. I've had this tree (well, trees) growing for nearly 8 years but they still have not bloomed. The plant grower I bought them from said they were golden shower trees, but I've started having doubts after the 5th year marker when they still haven't produced flowers. I've compared them to pictures online and they seem to be similar to what the tree looks like, but unlike the trees you've described here only growing a few feet high and already blooming, mine is taking so long. I wonder why this is? Please help!

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