Cassia fistula, commonly known as the golden shower tree, is a flowering plant in the subfamily Casalpiaceae of the legume family Fabaceae.
Cassia trees, are known for their display of delightfully showy and bright clusters of yellow flowers. If you have room for a tree that can get up to 35 feet tall and 25 feet wide, this is a tree for you. It does well in sunny locations and well-drained soil. Mulch lightly around the base of the tree and fertilize once or twice a year with time-release fertilizer. The tree attracts butterflies and bees.
It is currently blooming in the Butterfly Garden at Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, in Sarasota.
Submitted by Kay Weber, Botanical Gardens chair