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Cassia javanica

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cassia (KASS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: javanica (juh-VAHN-ih-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Cassia agnes
Synonym:Cassia nodosa
Synonym:Cathartocarpus nodus
Synonym:Cassia bacillus
Synonym:Cassia megalantha

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative gobbins On Aug 29, 2011, gobbins from Jupiter, FL wrote:

I planted this tree 15 months ago at 7 feet tall. It is now 15 ft and shows no sign of blossoming. Foliage is very healthy and is very popular with Cloudless Sulphur Butterflies and, sadly, Little leaf notcher Weevils

Neutral lauraroxie On Jul 13, 2009, lauraroxie from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

I had success starting this tree from seeds I bought online and have had success with other cassia varieties including the marginata. I'm really bad at starting seeds, so for those with skill, these trees must be pretty forgiving. I did the nicking of seeds with sandpaper and then soaking in water. I have two, two foot trees now. I've not seen any of these trees growing in my Zone 9B St. Petersburg, but several close members of the family rated zone 10 thrive here.

Positive nalin1 On May 17, 2009, nalin1 from New Delhi
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

Strikingly beautiful when in bloom; flowering starts in May and not very common in New Delhi.

I had originally planted three shrubs as 'cassia nodosa' at my country home and had to replace two as they died. The originals had pointed leaf tips, and the replacements I got have rounded leaves and developed small unimpressive flowers. This is some other variety of cassia. The number of leaflet pairs on both types of trees is up to 25.

C. javanica is said to have thorns on the trunk but the ones I have are thorn-free.

Positive desertboot On Jul 10, 2004, desertboot from Bangalore
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

I planted one on Christmas Day 1977. The tree is now over 40' tall. The flowers are a lovely soft-pink fading to white and are clustered at the ends of leafy branches. Great success with propagating more from seed.

Positive foodiesleuth On Jul 9, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

There are quite a few of them planted all around our County Building in Hilo. A beautiful sight when they are all in bloom.

Positive punaheledp On Jul 8, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

The pink & white shower tree is popular in Hawaii, used for shade and street planting, it is beautiful when it flowers in June. Originally from Indonesia, it has been in Hawaii since at least 1870.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Aptos, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Jupiter, Florida
Miami, Florida
Hilo, Hawaii
Honomu, Hawaii
Harlingen, Texas

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