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Senna polyphylla /Desert Cassia

Senna polyphylla   / Senna polyphylla
Grown as a standard small tree
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Grown as a standard small tree

The crown is generally was wide as the plant is tall, about 5-6 feet

Most of the branches are covered with brilliant yellow blossoms early in the y ear

Blooms are generally present in late winter to early spring

Blossoms on this plant in March-April.

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Scientific Name: Senna polyphylla
Common Name: Desert Cassia
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Winter
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Green
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: This cassia makes a small tree that is tolerant to droughty conditions and requires lttle care. It is supposedly hardy only to zone 9, but with the recent warmer winters it has survived in the lower part of zone 8 as have other cassias that tolerate little cold weather. It makes an excellent container plant that requires less frequent watering than most and can be moved indoors when freezing temperature are expected. It produces yellow flowers in late winter and early spring.