Golden Shower Tree Cassia fistula 50 Seeds
Golden Shower Tree Cassia fistula 50 Seeds
Golden Shower Tree Cassia fistula 50 Seeds
Golden Shower Tree Cassia fistula 50 Seeds
Golden Shower Tree Cassia fistula 50 Seeds

Golden Shower Tree Cassia fistula 50 Seeds

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Cassia fistula, commonly called golden shower tree, is a small to medium-sized tree that typically grows to 30-40' tall in an upright form often open at the top. It is native to India, Malaysia and Southeast Asia. It is well-known for producing a show-stopping bloom of yellow flowers in May-June/July. Even pinnate compound leaves to 12-16" long with 4-8 pairs of ovate-lanceolate leaflets (each leaflet to 4" long) per leaf. Leaves usually drop in April as a prelude to flowering which occurs from May to early July. Five-petaled, bright yellow flowers bloom in 8-18" pendulous terminal racemes which cover the tree with profuse bloom. Flowers are lightly scented. Leaves return as the flowering progresses, with foliage totally restored by July. Tree is often considered to be semi-deciduous or semi-evergreen because of this brief loss of leaves. A second less significant bloom often occurs in September but without loss of leaves. Flowers are followed by slender, terete, woody bean pods which grow to 2' long. Pods emerge green but mature to black, remaining on the tree until the following year. Sticky brown pulp inside the pods has been used in herbal medicines. Golden shower tree is the National tree of Thailand and the national flower of Thailand. Popular plant as ornamental and for herbal medicine. Dried fruit has medicinal properties. Is now widely grown in tropical and subtropical areas around the world. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 9 where it is grown in average, medium moisture well drained soils in full sun. Established trees have some drought tolerance.

Growing Instructions

  1. Scarify the seeds by nicking or sanding the seed coat.
  2. Soak the seed in water for several hours.
  3. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
  4. Put the seeds on the soil.
  5. Cover the seeds with a layer of soil.
  6. Water the seeds.
  7. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade.
  8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.