Cassia javanica – The apple blossom tree
Cassia javanica is a small and medium sized tree, belongs to the family Fabaceae. It is commonly known as the apple blossom cassia, pink lady, apple blossom shower, pink shower, and java shower. It is native to Southeast Asia, but widely cultivated in the tropical regions of Asia. The plant consists of descending branches and it produces mass of gorgeous flowers.
- Family: Fabaceae
- Genus: Cassia
- Species: C. javanica
- English names: apple blossom cassia, apple blossom tree, pink lady, apple blossom shower, pink shower, java shower
- Vietnamese names: muồng hoa đào, muồng anh đào, bò cạp hồng
Its blooming season varies depending on the climate where it’s grown. It blooms from July to November in northern Vietnam, from late May to mid July in central Vietnam, and from late April to June in southern Vietnam.
In Vietnam, C. javanica is sometimes mistaken for another Cassia species named Cassia grandis (Vietnamese: ô môi) which also bears pink flowers.
C. javanica is mainlly cultiviated as an urban street trees and in parks.