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Roger's Tree Pick for August: golden medallion


Last updated 8/28/2008 at Noon

The pollinated flowers of the cassia, or golden medallion, tree produce amazingly long seed pods.

Once again I bring to you another great small tree that is well suited to various areas for your garden and her name is cassia. Cassia leptophylla (pronounced “KASS-ee-uh lep-toe-FILL-uh”), also known as golden medallion, is considered a small tree, reaching a height of about 20 to 25 feet and about 20 feet across in the canopy.

It is taxonomically placed into the Leguminosae family, which is huge and part of the pea clan, which brings on a shower of bright golden flower spikes to wrap up the dog days of summer, usually with a blooming window of three months.

This species of cassia is...

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