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Cassia javanica – another superb flowering tree, now in blossom!

May 5, 2010

Today I had to do a visa run to Burma. The northern Thai landscape still glows of red Delonix regia and yellow Cassia fistula, and many different Lagerstroemia bring violet and pink. Here and there along the road you also see another tree with a deep pink apple blossom. This is Cassia javanica. It is native to the lowland forests of India and Southeast Asia. Being an evergreen tree, it provides shade as well as splendid blossom, and is a nice complement to the deciduous monsoon tree C. bakeriana, which was in blossom in February-March. At Dokmai Garden we have only a young seedling of C. javanica, but if it grows as quickly as the C. bakeriana, we should have flowers at age 2 or 3. The picture below was taken of a tree which grows at the nearby Namprae school.

Eric Danell

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