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Golden Shower Trees - Yellow Flowering Trees For Landscaping

Updated on August 15, 2016
Photo of golden shower tree flowers in full blossom : Wikimedia Commons Image
Photo of golden shower tree flowers in full blossom : Wikimedia Commons Image

Golden Shower trees or Cassia Fistula trees popularly known as Amaltas tree in India or Kanikkonna in Kerala (South Indian state) are tropical trees that can be easily grown in tropical and subtropical regions.

The trees can be grown with little effort and they produce beautiful golden yellow flowers. As I mentioned above, golden shower trees are generally known as amaltas trees in India.

When golden shower trees or Cassia fistula are in full bloom, they literally produce showers of bright golden yellow flowers, so in effect they look like gold showering trees. Cassia fistula is the scientific name for this species. I love this flowering tree for its beauty and also because it was the first tree I ever planted in my life.

The flowers of golden shower trees are simply known as kanikkonna pookkal or konna pookkal in Malayalam where the word pookkal means flowers.

I planted this in my garden many years back and I watched it growing, until one day I found out that it disappeared from my garden somehow. I do not know how that happened, but I was disappointed. However, to my surprise the plant grew again from its roots and in few years I got a beautiful tree in my garden with beautiful golden yellow flowers all over. The good thing is that the tree regularly flowers every year around the springtime.

Below you can see the image of a golden shower tree or cassia fistula in full blooms.

Golden Shower Tree Flowers In Different Cultures

The flowers of golden shower trees have much importance in many cultures. They are mostly grown as ornamental plants in many Southeast Asian countries like India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. It is the national flower of Thailand and it is the state flower of the South Indian state Kerala. The tree is considered auspicious in Thailand and the use of these flowers is considered royal. Golden shower tree is also the national tree of Thailand and many people grow it in their home garden.

In the South Indian state of Kerala also, the flowers of this tree has great importance, especially during the Vishu festival which is celebrated every year to welcome new year, based on the regional calendar. Traditionally, people use this occasion to celebrate the harvest and hence it is considered as a festival of prosperity and richness. Vishukkani is the most important thing in Vishu, which is actually the first thing you have to see when you wake up on Vishu day. For prosperity and good fortune, the kani is prepared using flowers, fruits, vegetables and many other things which are believed to bring prosperity in the new year. Golden shower flowers are the most important and inseparable part of this kani.

The tree and its flowers have many medicinal values and they are used in traditional medicines in many countries including India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma. However no self medication should be done using the golden shower tree parts or flowers.

Golden Shower Tree Seeds | Cassia Fistula seeds

Growing Golden Shower Trees

I have grown this tree from a new plant which I bought from the local market. However, if you can't find a new plant you can still grow this tree from its seeds.

The seeds have hard coats and it may take a much longer time to germinate. It will be a good idea to soften the seeds before sowing, try soaking them in water at least for a day. You may also try to nick the seeds using a knife to accelerate the germination process. Also make sure that the seeds are getting enough moisture needed for germination once you sow it in soil. If you can't successfully germinate the seeds, it will be a good idea to find a new plant to grow the tree.

Golden Shower trees can become fairly large trees of about 20 feet in height and they will usually have many branches, so it is advisable to plant them in an area with enough space for growing big trees. It is best to grow them in well drained soil which is not soggy and make sure they have good exposure to sunlight.

You may need to water them most often till they are established, and they start growing much faster after few months of growth. The trees usually start producing flowers in 7 to 8 years, after which you regularly get a tree full of beautiful flowers every spring.

These trees do well in areas with tropical climate, they can even tolerate droughts once they are grown fully. However, they do not tolerate frost and hence they are not a good choice for places with extreme cold climates.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks! I agree, golden shower trees are really amazing :)

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      Edelina Cagadas Arai 2 years ago

      Golden shower tree is very amazing awesome tree especially when they are in fully bloom.Really beautiful I love it.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi RTalloni, so glad to hear this reminded you of another similar tree. I agree, golden shower trees are beautiful, especially when they are in full bloom. Actually this tree and its flowers have great importance here during this time of the year!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Such a beautiful tree you have highlighted here--so showy! It reminds of what was called a Golden Rain Tree from my childhood, but I haven't seen one in a long time.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you all, yes they are so pretty when they bloom fully!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      These are quite pretty.

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      I can imagine it looks pretty spectacular when it's in full bloom, there are many trees together and winters starts to blow ...

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful tree and so interesting on this topic.