Cassia afrofistula (Kenyan Shower) is a small tree ranging from 10-20 ft tall and is native to East Africa. This deciduous tree has an upright growth habit and produces dense, dark green foliage. It is a reliable bloomer and produces fragrant yellow and orange flowers in the winter. The flowers are arranged in vertical spikes, giving the tree an exotic and unique look.
This magnificent tree will be a great addition to any landscape. It requires a full sun location and regular watering for best performance. It is extremely attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. The leaves and pods are used as medicine in African traditional medicine.
Cassia afrofistula is best suited to USDA Zone 9-11 and can be grown in pots in cold regions. It will require more careful watering in pots and will benefit from a warm and sheltered location. For best results, use a potting medium that drains well and be sure to water regularly in extreme temperatures. When planting, make sure to use well-drained soil and to avoid letting the soil become soggy. Fertilize Cassia afrofistula with a balanced fertilizer in the early spring and midsummer. This will ensure the tree receives plenty of nutrients and will help encourage flowering. Prune the tree lightly in winter or early spring to keep it healthy and in shape.
Cassia afrofistula is a gorgeous, easy to care for tree that will provide a unique and exotic look to any garden. With its beautiful yellow and orange flowers and ability to attract many pollinators, this small tree will make a great addition to any landscape.