shower trees

newtoucanJuly 10, 2013

Anyone growing Shower trees in Phoenix? Do they do well here?

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Shower trees?

What is the species?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 12:30PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

I thought your were going to talk about showering out trees to wash all the dirt off! What the heck is a "shower tree"?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 6:01PM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Google says: shower tree aka Cassia fistula

Cassia fistula, known as the golden shower tree and by other names, is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae. The species is native to the Indian Subcontinent and adjacent regions of Southeast Asia

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 8:56PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Wow, that's a beautiful tree! I'm thinking that a tropical tree found in FL and the Virgin Islands isn't going to make it very well here - or at all. Just another case for cactus. Sigh.....

Here is a link that might be useful: Cassia fistula

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 1:05PM
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Sigh is right. My willingness to experiment with unusual plant material for the area is not as great as it once was due to bad results I've had.

Recent example is my trying to grow a Liquidambar (sweetgum tree) here in the ground. The poor thing is clinging to life, leaves extremely chlorotic. (I'd take a pic of it, but I'd be embarrassed.)

I'm tempted to dig it up and put it in a big pot. But I know this isn't the time of year to uproot anything.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 8:56PM
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I've seen photos of shower trees (Cassia fistula) in the Phoenix and Tucson areas, but don't have any experience growing them myself. If I remember correctly this tree's photo was posted on this forum a few years ago.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 1:23PM
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That's fabulous. I'm going to give it a try. I've got lots of seeds of the yellow and pink/ white variety.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 12:36PM
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