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The Golden Shower Tree Has Bloomed With The Arrival Of The Showers.

Wednesday, 14 Dec 11 Storms 31°C / 88°F

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Here in my north-eastern corner of Australia, almost every second yard has a Cassia fistula or Golden Shower Tree growing in it. My yard is no different. But, while every neighbour’s Cassia has been blooming for weeks now, I was starting to despair whether I’d see any blooms at all on mine for 2011.

Well, finally, with the arrival of the first summer rains, the first ‘showers’ of stunning golden yellow flowers have appeared! Usually this tree shows off those first racemes in late Spring, but this year the first large sprays of sweetly perfumed golden flowers have waited until summer had begun before making an appearance.

I’m expecting the tree to be covered in these wonderful flowers right through the Christmas period now. I’ll have my very own green Christmas tree all covered in golden tinsel.

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Cassia fistula or Golden Shower Tree or Indian Laburnum

Cassia fistula

Blooming

Hill garden

Comments

  • orientallily

    orientallily wrote:

    Gorgeous tree. Really stunning.

    Posted on 15 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • rainymountain

    rainymountain wrote:

    That is one lovely tree.

    Posted on 15 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    That tree deserves a badge.

    Posted on 15 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • ben_clan

    ben_clan wrote:

    The first thing I thought when I saw a yellow flower in the small thumbnail was “Tipuana”. We have those going nuts over Perth but not many people have the Cassia.

    Of course, these trees are far more flashy than the Tipuanas. I once saw a picture of someone who had grown these over a walkway in an arch formation. It looked like a golden version of Wisteria. It was a sensational idea. Would have loved to do something similar in my garden but they are not the most easy tree to grow here. It’s a credit to you, to have such a beautiful tree.

    Posted on 15 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    Ooooh! Nice!

    Posted on 15 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • SneIrish

    SneIrish wrote:

    How pretty!

    Posted on 15 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Thanks one and all, it definitely does have the most striking blooms.

    Ben clan, I can imagine these growing over a walkway would look absolutely spectacular when they’re in full bloom. Over here this particular Cassis is regarded as a bit of a weed. There’s no credit really to me for growing this tree, it looks after itself. They really are a fabulous plant for dry areas in a tropical climate.

    Posted on 15 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    That’s one flashy tree, Bernieh! :-)) I thought at first it was a Laburnum tree (Golden Rain, we call them). But I see it is not yet it is every bit as lovely, perhaps more as the flowers seem bigger & a deeper yellow. Laburnum are often considered weed trees here as well. There is one growing down on the allotment, behind Gerry’s shed. He cut it down to the ground last year when I was letting it grow! It’s not my allotment & if he wants to get rid of it it’s not really my business. If it had been mine I’d have let it grow only I’d have trained it.

    Posted on 17 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

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