Cassia javanica - apple blossom cassia, pink lady, apple blossom shower, pink shower, java shower

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.

Cassia javanica flowers - apple blossom cassia, pink lady, apple blossom shower, pink shower, java shower.
Cassia javanica 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
Cassia javanica - the apple blossom tree in Hue city
Cassia javanica – the apple blossom tree in Huế city

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.

Cassia javanica in Hanoi - apple blossom cassia, pink lady, apple blossom shower, pink shower, java shower-
Cassia javanica in Hanoi

In Vietnam, C. javanica is sometimes mistaken for another Cassia species named Cassia grandis (Vietnamese: ô môi) which also bears pink flowers.

Cassia javanica flowers - apple blossom tree
Cassia javanica flowers – apple blossom tree

Uses

C. javanica is mainlly cultiviated as an urban street trees and in parks.

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