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What Is This Tree?

Posted in Garden Maintenance, Landscape Design, Lawn Maintenance, Outdoor Living by Administrator on the November 16th, 2009

682049_55176192So you are walking around in Charleston and you keep seeing this beautiful yellow flowering tree. It’s so beautiful you have to even go up and touch or maybe even pick one of the flowers. What is this tree you ask yourself?…..

I can help with that question.  It’s called Cassia (KASS-ee-uh). The Cassia (Latin) is now re-named Senna. Cassia is a very large genus with about 500 species, the better known members of which are fine flowering trees. To many people,  the finest Cassia is the Fistula.

Cassia Fistula is a legume rated 30-40 feet and native to India and South Asia. Golden Shower is related to the Jerusalem Thorn Tree and Redbud.

The foliage is evergreen, medium green and compound providing a nice open lacy look.


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater