How to grow Cassia fistula

Cassia fistula growing tree of the genus Cassia also known as Golden shower tree, Cassia fistula perennial deciduous plant, mostly used as ornamental plant for the flowers, can be grown as bonsai and sometime use for the edible fruits that grow in the pods, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical, tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ and in the right care in hardiness zone 10a.

Cassia fistula flower

Flower color yellow and grow in a weeping group can be dozen flower in group, the flowers fragrant attracted pollinators

Fruit are connected to the seeds, the fruit grow in pods, color of the pod is brown, size of pod 30-70 cm, amount of fruit in each pod can be 10-30

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How to grow Cassia fistula growing and care:

Cool winter better for the bloom

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed (Sowing explanation bellow) / Vegetative Reproduction care propagation cutting better to star in the early spring or with temperature of ~26C (79F), requirements: moist soil, high humidity, peat soil, hormone for root growth, highly recommend to use green house (or small plastic box with holes).

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 10a, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10b-11, all year hardiness zone 12+.

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Possible after the bloom or after the fruits (pods)

How to prune:
Open the growth of the branches, need that all the branches in the tree will get sun in order to get full bloom

Size of the plant?
6-12m, 20-40 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
No, but possible to grow as bonsai in container

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Yellow flowers that grow in

Pollination is done by:
Bees and more

Edible Fruits

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Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Cassia fistula fruits?

Work requirements on the fruit:
Pick up from the tree and break the pods and collect the fruit the connected to the pod

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-4 years

How to grow cassia fistula from seed

Sowing requirement:
Moist soil, better when the temperature 26-30C (79-86F)

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark location

Sowing season:
Spring / Summer

Planting spacing:
Better in different pots, direct in the place 3*3m (10*10 feet)

Depth of Sowing:
2-4cm (1-1.8 inches)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, high humidity in sunny location

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
3-7 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Full sun with regular watering

Scientific name:

Cassia fistula

Alternative names: Golden shower tree, Purging cassia, Indian laburnum, Pudding-pipe tree

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone