Cassia Javanica (Apple Blossom)

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Cassia Javanica (Apple Blossom) is a semi-deciduous tree taking its species name from the Indonesian island of java, where it is native.

It is of small to moderate size, typically 25 feet tall, but can be taller. The tannin-rich bark is gray and smooth, with former branch scars. It has a broad, flat-topped, moderately dense crown with drooping somewhat brittle branches. In addition, leaves are pinnate, alternate, up to 27 inches long with pairs of opposite, glossy, elliptical to oblong leaflets, 1-2 x 3/4-1 inches. Also, it is briefly deciduous around the time of flowering.

Likewise, aromatic flowers are borne in clusters up to 7 inches long with numerous blooms which resemble apple blossoms. Butterflies and other insects are pollinators. Furthermore, fruits are hard, woody pods up to 2 feet long and about 1 inch or less in diameter, containing multiple brown bean-like seeds, used for propagation. One of the common uses for the pods is in traditional medicine.

The lumber is good for general construction and furniture. In cultivation, Cassia Javanica (Apple Blossom) grows best in well-drained deep soils of various types. It needs pruning to maintain an attractive shape and to control excessive branching. In landscaping, this showy flowering tree is ideal for gardens, parks, roadsides, and as a shade or specimen tree and in large containers. The pods and leaves generate moderate litter.

Additional information

Common Name

Apple Blossom Cassia, Pink Shower Tree

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native

Origin

Indonesia

Flowering Season

Spring-Summer

Salt Tolerance

Low Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

Moderate Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Fast Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color

Pink

Shape

Wide Canopy

Plant Type

Semi-Deciduous Flowering Tree or shrub

Gallons

25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.

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