09 Aug

Amaltas, The Golden Shower Tree

This post is second in the Native Trees of Pakistan series.

Cassia Fistula or Amaltas is one of the loveliest flowering trees of our region. Also known as the Indian Laburnum, Amaltas is closely related to the English Laburnum but the flowers of Amaltas are brighter, denser and more beautiful than those of its English cousin.

lovely yellow flowers of amaltas

Photo by: homestretching.blogspot.com

The tree drops most of its leaves in winter and starts producing shining green leaves in early summer. The feathery leaves of Cassia Fistula are usually large and wide. Soon the plant starts blooming that can last till the end of summer season.  During the flowering season, the whole tree is covered with large clusters of uncountable delicate yellow flowers. The profuse and bright flowers of Amaltas shine bright under the hot sun of summer and make a spectacular show. Delicate flowers drop to cover the ground turning it in to a yellow carpet, that is why, Cassia Fistula is also called The Golden Shower tree.

Amaltas, Cassia Fistula or the Indian Laburnum can be grown easily from seeds. This sun loving plant can reach the size of 10 to 20 meters and grows well in full sun and well-drained soil. Because of its size, it is not suitable for small lawns but makes an excellent show when planted along the roads. The Laburnum Road in Mumbai has been exclusively lined with Amaltas trees.

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14 thoughts on “Amaltas, The Golden Shower Tree

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  2. wow! is this somewhere in india? i dont think we can get the same type of effect from the amaltas we have in pakistan….
    great blog tho…one more name u can add to your tree list is crape myrtle..lagerstonia..sorry cant spell it… they are doing such a wonderful job with how well they are planting them in our landscapes in pakistan now…especially in islamabad..they look gorgeous!

  3. @sonia

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Amaltas in the picture are in somewhere England. I am forgetting the name of the place. Thank you for your suggestion too. I have noted it down.

  4. Texas, Zone 8a? They can be grown easily in Zone 10a, 10b and 11. I guess TX would be too cold for these plants.

  5. Amaltas would grow very well in tropical and sub-tropical climates. It can be grown from seeds in well-drained soil under bright sunlight.

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  8. We’ve this beautiful ornamental trees planted alongside the roads here. Its summer here and is a stunning view to see them blossoming in contrast with Gulmohar(flamboyant) trees.

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