"The Wise Gardener!"
The Sensual Pulse of the Tropics!
The Beautiful, Spring Flowering Cassias! (Indian Shower Trees)
Common name: Glaucous Cassia, Scrambled Egg Tree, Golden Senna, Singapore Shower, Sunshine Tree, Sulphur-flowered senna • Marathi: Motha farvad • Kannada: Adavi tangadi, Bettadavare, Hannorpe • Konkani: सरपुली Sarpuli
Botanical name: Senna surattensis
Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)
Synonyms: Cassia surattensis
USDA Climate Zone: 10A-13B (Minimum temperatures 33 F.)
Glaucous Cassia is a small tree and very common in Southeast Asian gardens and is also often seen planted along citystreets and roadsites. The flowering days of Glaucous Cassia are prolonged and beautiful.
As a species, it is capable of flowering from January through December. Many trees have their best show in the spring and summer while others are at their showiest from fall into spring. The trunk and branches are a silver-gray color. The bright,sometimes pale yellow flowers appear continuously at the end of the branches. Flowers are very similar to those of Indian Laburnum, but never look so spectacular because they do not hang in bunches.
Flowers attract butterflies. It is a rapidly easy growing tree,which tolerates poor soil.
Warning to gardeners in hurricane prone areas! The Cassias are all beautiful flowering trees but are extremely weak-wooded. Even a strong thunderstorm will likely cause many branches to crack and break off. Prudent advice dictates trimming your Cassias before "hurricane season" or even if not in a hurricane-prone area, seasonal pruning should NOT be considered "optional." Also this tree can se messy so I would not recommend its planting near sidewalk or entry walk, or patio area, as tree debris is copious. If that is not an issue, then I highly recommend utilizing these trees as their floral colour is notable and always abundant!
Paul, The Wise Gardener