SelecTree: Tree Detail
GOLDEN SHOWER TREE
Photo Locations: Foster Botanical Gardens - Honolulu, HI, Waimea Valley Botanical Gardens - Waimea, HI and Maui, HI
The golden shower tree has drooping branches which resist breakage, a preference for fast draining soil, and poisonous seeds and durable wood. Cassia fistula has a HPWRA (Hawaii Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 3 (Low Risk), and the Plant Pono link is: https://plantpono.org/pono-plants/cassia-fistula/.
Native to Southeast Asia.
Additional Common Names
CROWN OF GOLD TREE, GOLDEN SHOWER TREE, YELLOW SHOWER, INDIAN LABURNUM
Rounded or Vase Shape.
Has Partly Deciduous foliage.
Height: 25 - 35 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 or More Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Pinnately Compound with Ovate Leaflets, Green, No Change, Partly Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Yellow. Flowers in Summer or Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Purple Pod, fruiting in Fall Wildlife use it.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 12 - 13 and 19 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.
Exposure Full Sun.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in South Coast.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Caterpillars, Root Rot, Mildew and Leaf Spot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Shade Tree or Street Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cassia fistula Tree Record." 1995-2020. Jul 11, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cassia-fistula >