Plant of the Month


Cassia fistul​a

The flowers of Cassia are brilliant waxy yellow with orange stamens that contrast pleasantly with the leaves.  The pea-like yellow flowers hang in clusters about a foot long and at the blooming climax can completely cover the oval shaped leaf canopy.  Whereas the Cassia shrub rarely forms a tree in zone 8, it does form a medium sized tree in zone, 9, 10, and 11.  At the maximum flowering threshold the golden canopy glows as if incandescently lighted.   The golden-yellow blooms appear in the fall and winter and lighten up dark areas of any landscape.  Cassia trees grow tallest in warmer climates.  They may sometimes die back if the temperature drops too low but new growth appears the next year.


By:  Alice Marty


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