Tree of the Month: Cassia Bakeriana

Parking for Sunday services at Plymouth Congregational Church in late winter and spring is an inspiring experience. Several years ago the church filled their grassy lot with Cassia bakeriana.

Cassia bakeriana

When in bloom the long branches of this gorgeous tree appear as if they are wrapped in pink flowers. The blossoms attract bees and butterflies and the arching branches of this comparatively small tree (20-­30’ tall) are flexible and perpendicular, making it a storm worthy choice. Cassia bakeriana hails from SE Asia. Common names include Pink Cassia and Dwarf Apple Blossom. Our President, Sharon Trbovich, loves this beauty, as did our February guest, Larry Schokman, Director Emeritus of The Kampong, who sees it becoming a favorite in Miami Gardens.

-Betsy Tilghman, Nomenclature Chairman

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