Golden shower, a lovely hanging flower tree

There are two trees called golden shower

It is one of those trees from which it seems that it rains gold every spring. Its lovely little hanging yellow flowers cover the whole plant, making it look spectacular. Also, it looks great as an isolated specimen, but could also be used in lineups or in groups.

Know the care of the Gold rain, an ideal species to color your garden.

Origin and characteristics of the golden shower

Before we begin, it is important to say that there are two very popular plants known as golden shower. They are very similar, but they come from different places and their cultivation is not the same either. Therefore, I am going to tell you about both:

Laburnum anagyroides (golden shower for temperate climates)

The Laburnum anagyroides is a tree for temperate climates

The shaft Laburnum anagyroides, it is a deciduous plant that grows to a height of seven meters. It has a trunk that usually grows straight or slightly sloping, from which branches sprout forming a rather branched crown. Its leaves are light green and trifoliate.

As we said, in spring flowers appear grouped in hanging clusters that can measure from 10 to 20 centimeters, and are of a magnificent yellow color. The fruit is a legume, so it belongs to the botanical family Fabaceae (legumes). It contains blackish and very hard seeds, and they are toxic.

Cassia fistula (golden shower for frost-free climates)

Cassia fistula is a tree for tropical climates

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La Cassia fistula is a deciduous tree native to Egypt, the Middle East, and parts of Asia that reaches a height of 6 to 20 meters. Its crown is highly branched, and is made up of large, alternate and deciduous leaves. The flowers are grouped in hanging clusters between 30 and 80 centimeters long, and it also produces legumes that contain dark-colored seeds.

It is popularly known as cane fistula or golden shower, but unlike the Laburnum anagyroides, it is not toxic at all. In fact, it is used as a laxative, astringent and as a remedy for minor bumps.

What are the care that must be provided to them?

The golden shower, both in temperate climates and in warm climates, are plants that take good care of themselves and are easy if the climate is right for them. That is, the Laburnum anagyroides it will look beautiful in temperate regions, where there are frosts; on the contrary, the Cassia fistula it will grow wonderfully whether the temperatures are mild or warm year round.

Let us know what are the basic care that must be given to them:

Location

Both trees they have to be placed outside. It is highly recommended that they get in the sun, at least a few hours a day, but they do reasonably well in places with partial shade.

If we talk about their roots, they do not develop much compared to other plants, but they should be planted at a distance of at least 5 meters from pipes and floors that have been paved.

Irrigation

These trees require water frequentlyTherefore, they must be watered as soon as the earth begins to dry out. This will happen more often in summer than in winter, and even more if the weather is dry and warm, so you have to be vigilant.

If you doubt when to water, insert a thin wooden stick: if when you remove it, it comes out with little or no soil attached to it, then you will have to take the watering can and moisten it.

Earth

Cassia fistula flowers are yellow

Flowers of Cassia fistula.

  • the garden: both grow in fertile soils, and with a good water drainage capacity.
  • Flower pot: this is a container that must have holes in its base. As a substrate you can use mulch, universal substrate, or similar, like the one they sell here!.

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Apart from water, it is advisable to fertilize your golden shower during its growing season, that is, in spring and summer. There are many types of fertilizers on the market, but they can be classified into two large groups: chemicals, such as this, and the organic ones. Both can be very useful if used well, but we recommend using the latter as this helps to take care of the fauna (and flora) in your garden.

Of course, if you use chemicals, or organic ones that are highly concentrated (algae extract or guano, for example), follow the instructions that you will find on the package.

Multiplication

Both Laburnum and Cassia multiply by seed in fall or spring. For that, you just have to introduce the seeds for 1 second in boiling water and 24 hours in water at room temperature (help yourself with a strainer). After this time, put a maximum of two in each seedbed, water abundantly, and in a matter of a few days you will have your own Golden Rain seedlings.

Here we explain how the laburnum are sown:

Plagues and diseases

They do not usually have, except for oidium if their leaves are sprayed / sprayed, or some mealybug in summer.

Rusticity

It depends on the species:

  • Laburnum anagyroides: you will be able to contemplate it in all its splendor if the temperatures in your area are not extreme, except in winter since it can withstand up to -18ºC. You do not like intense heat (30ºC or more), and this is something that can cause you some other problem in, for example, the gardens located a few kilometers from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Cassia fistula: it is a perfect plant for tropical gardens, where temperatures remain stable, or without too many variations, throughout the year. Even so, it is important to say that it supports the cold, and even the occasional short-term frost of up to -1ºC.

What uses are they given?

The golden shower is a plant with yellow flowers

Golden shower, both Laburnum and Cassia species, are very pretty plants that are grown in gardens. What's more, you can choose to have them in a pot and go pruning to control their growth. And since they have small leaves, they are also suitable species for bonsai.

But yes, let me remind you that the Laburnum anagyroides It has toxic fruits, so if you have small children or pets, it is not advisable to plant it in the garden.

With regard to the Cassia fistula, it is an interesting plant with medicinal properties.

What do you think?


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  1.   carolina said

    Good day. how long is the germination time?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Caroline.
      In general, in a maximum period of two months they have to begin to germinate.
      Greetings 🙂.

    2.    Luz Maria De Fatima said

      Hello Carolina, I have had a Golden Shower for 5 years and it still does not give flowers. What could be the reason?

      1.    Monica Sanchez said

        Hello Luz María.
        The Golden Shower can sometimes take a while to produce flowers. Fertilize it regularly in spring and summer, and it will surely flower in another year or two.
        A greeting.

    3.    Adelaida Abeledo said

      Where can I get golden rain seed in ARGENTINA. I am 73 years old and my dream is to grow this tree. Thank you.

      1.    Monica Sanchez said

        Hello Adelaide.

        Thanks for commenting, but I can't tell you where they sell seeds in your country, since we are in Spain. However, I recommend that you contact a nursery in your area to see if they can help you.

        Greetings.

        1.    olga said

          Hellooo… how to differentiate which species is toxic and which is not?

          1.    Monica Sanchez said

            Hello Olga.

            Cassia fistula is tropical, and does not resist frost. It is this.
            The one that is toxic is the one in this article, its scientific name is Laburnum anagyroides, and it can only live in temperate / cold climates.

            Greetings.


      2.    Desserts said

        Hello, Adelaide! I have Golden Rain seeds. I live in Salta. How do I get them to you? Of course, my offer is Free!

  2.   Maria said

    What do you mean when you say it is highly toxic? Thank you.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Maria.
      It means that it is a poisonous plant, so it is only recommended to grow it in gardens where there are no children or pets. 🙂

  3.   Nancy martinez said

    Good night, I have a concern in my garden, 6 months ago a tree, golden rain, but to date it has not flowered. How long does this stage take, taking into account k we have high temperatures aprix. Between 28 to 32 degrees ... I appreciate your valuable comment.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Nancy.
      Sometimes they are slow to bloom. The golden shower is a tree that blooms with 7-10 years. If it looks healthy, don't worry. Keep taking care of it as before and you will see how soon it fills with flowers 🙂.

  4.   beatriz said

    I have children, and without knowing I planted this tree. should you take care that they handle your leaves? Or that they put it in their mouth? Or is it toxic for the mere fact of having it?

  5.   Monica Sanchez said

    Hello Beatrice.
    Don't worry: it is only toxic if its leaves and / or fruits are ingested.

  6.   daniel said

    Hello, I would appreciate it if you get me out of a doubt please. I sent the ungerminated seeds to the ground and its sprout came out alive in a hot sound, will it be possible to burn without the result, that is, its sprout does not bear fruit?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Daniel.
      In principle, nothing has to happen to it. Apply fungicide to prevent fungus, and plant it in a porous substrate (vermiculite, for example) so that the roots are aerated and, therefore, can better absorb water.
      Good luck.

  7.   kain said

    Monica, I really like this tree to take care of it but apart I would like for shade, my question is if this tree loses its leaves at some time of the year?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Khain.
      Yes, its leaves fall, but in autumn, so you can enjoy its shade without problems in summer 🙂.
      A greeting.

  8.   vinamiel said

    I have seen L. anagyroides on the internet as beautiful pergolas. To do it like this, should I give him a support and raise him to a pergola? If I want it as a tree, should I let it grow, no or two shoots?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Vinamiel.
      I think I know what photo you have seen, and yes, it is really beautiful 🙂. But if you notice, they have planted the trees on both sides of the structure, in such a way that when they bloom, the flowers appear hanging between the pergola.
      The Golden Shower is a tree, not a climber, so you just have to let it grow normally.
      A greeting.

  9.   Daniel puga said

    Hello Monica, good afternoon, I have a 1 year golden shower since I planted it, I thank you for the information in your article, it is very helpful, however, due to my ignorance, from time to time I put water on the leaves , and apparently it acquired the fungus you mention, the leaves are green but have brown spots, I took photos of them, I would appreciate it if you would tell me how I can eradicate it, also if you could give me an email to send you the photos to corroborate if it has that, of thank you very much in advance Moni

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Daniel.
      Leaves that are affected will no longer recover. But you can apply a broad-spectrum fungicide to prevent the disease from progressing. In this way, all the fungi will be removed, and the tree will be able to resume its growth.
      A greeting.

  10.   Daniel puga said

    Thank you very much Moni, some name of a special antibiotic for that.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Daniel.
      Either for the leaves (foliar) and systemic will do.
      A greeting.

      1.    Daniel puga said

        Thank you very much Moni

  11.   Alejandra said

    Hi Monica! Thank you for the wonderful advice! I would like to know when is pruning time, since I want to take advantage of it to shape it?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Alejandra.
      Thanks for your words 🙂.
      To prune it you have to wait either autumn or late winter / early spring.
      A greeting.

  12.   Javier said

    What recommendations do you give me to grow this tree in Córdoba? You know especially hot summers. Do I have a chance?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Javier.
      I am very sorry to tell you that he does not like the heat very much. In a pot and with a good substrate (I would recommend 70% akadama mixed with 30% kiryuzuna) you could try it. I myself have Japanese maples (I live in the south of Mallorca) with that mixture of substrates and they grow that is very pleasant.
      In the garden however they could not grow. But ... you can always plant a Cassia fistula, which looks a lot like it but withstands high temperatures much better. In this article we talk a little about her, click here!.
      A greeting.

  13.   Ricardo said

    Hello Monica, taking into account that mine blooms at the end of December, it is a young tree and I would like to do the first formation pruning, at what time should I do it to effect the flowering as little as possible? .- Thank you.-

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Ricardo.
      You can carry out the training pruning in autumn, but if you prefer it in late winter, when the risk of frost has passed. This way the flowering of your tree will not be greatly affected 🙂.
      A greeting.

  14.   Federico De La Hoz Luna said

    Hello, good afternoon! My golden shower had plague on the leaf, I cannot identify it, they are little yellow circles, against the light it looks thinner than the rest of the leaf and it has it on all the leaves. What could it be?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Federico.
      From what you count, it seems that the rust is affecting him.
      Treat it with a fungicide that contains Oxycarboxin, and your tree will soon be healthy again 😉.
      A greeting.

  15.   ricardo said

    Hello, good afternoon, how resistant is the tree to cold, plant it in a place that during the day has a hot temperature, but during the early morning the temperature drops a lot. The leaves are like black and wrinkled. what do you suggest

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Ricardo.
      Laburnum supports up to -18ºC. These symptoms may be due to the lack of a mineral, it is being watered excessively, the day of the transplant some roots have broken, or it has thrips.
      My advice is that you fertilize it with an organic compost, such as horse manure or worm humus, adding one or two handfuls (depending on the size of the plant), and that you treat it with an insecticide containing 5% Lufenuron.
      A greeting.

  16.   Tania said

    Hello, my golden shower has many leaves now in spring, but no flowers, it is already 4 years old and has never flowered, do I need to pay with something special and when? Thanks

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Tania.
      Sometimes they take a little longer to flower. I recommend you pay it with organic fertilizers, one month for example with guano, and the following month with humus, following the instructions specified on the package.
      a greeting

  17.   osvaldo ambriz said

    Good morning, a question I have 2 golden rain trees, about 10 months ago I started to throw flowers, but not in the form of rain, but rather, in small amounts and paid to the stalk, and I also made many bainitas, about 10 centimeters long and it is already the second time that it throws its pods and flowers ,,,, they have told me that it is not a golden shower, ..?
    It could be a similar little tree….
    I hope some comment from you, thank you very much and greetings

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Osvaldo.
      Without a photo it is difficult to know what it is, but is it possible that it is Cassia fistula? They also call it the golden shower.
      A greeting.

  18.   Adalberto said

    What are the symptoms or what causes the poisoning of this tree

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Adalberto.
      The seeds of this tree contain cytisine, which can cause nausea if ingested.
      A greeting.

  19.   Daniel Lopez said

    Hello I have a concern; We have a tree about 1 year old, it is about 2.6 meters tall, black balls are coming out on the stem and in some leaves, if I press them, they open up and they look dry on the inside. This is a plague or is it normal 6 months ago I pruned it because of this situation and now that it has grown up they are appearing to me again. Might you help me?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Daniel.
      It is a plague from what you count. Treat it with a triple action insecticide, and if it does not improve, write to us again and we will find another solution.
      A greeting.

  20.   Fernando said

    Hello, in climates like in the north of the country, would it be difficult for you to adapt? Summer temperatures above 35 degrees and winters sometimes between 5 and 15 degrees. Thank you-

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Fernando.
      Unfortunately not. It needs mild climates, with frost (and snowfall) in winter to be able to grow and develop well.
      However, in that climate you can have a Cassia fistula, which is a very similar tree. I leave you the link in case you want to know more about her: click.
      A greeting.

  21.   Alejandra said

    Hello, good morning, a question, can the golden shower tree sprout from a cutting or elbow?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Alejandra.
      Indeed. It can be reproduced by cuttings or by air layering in spring.
      In the case of the cutting, it has to be a semi-woody or woody branch, about 40cm long. The base is impregnated with powdered rooting hormones, and planted in a pot with universal cultivation substrate, or with black peat mixed with perlite. The soil must always be kept slightly damp, so that it takes root in two or three months.

      In the case of air layering, with a hand saw you have to "peel" the branch, about 20cm long, removing the bark. Afterward, moisten it with water and infuse it with rooting hormones. Now, take a piece of black plastic and cover that part where you have put the hormones, putting moistened substrate (with water) between the branch and the bag. With a syringe you must water the soil 2 or 3 times a week. You will be able to cut the layer after 2 months or so.
      A greeting.

  22.   Maria rivera said

    Hello Moni, good morning, sow some seeds of golden rain and they have already germinated, however I have doubts about the way I should water them and I must also take care not to water their leaves, being just babies and when can I sow them in the garden. I appreciate the answer to my questions Greetings Magda

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Maria.
      Congratulations on those germinations.
      They have to be watered by moistening the substrate, leaving it well soaked. Do not water the leaves, as they could burn.
      Water every time the substrate begins to dry, every 3 to 4 days.
      You can pass it to the garden when they are about 20cm tall.
      A greeting.

  23.   NITZINE ALVAREZ said

    Hello: I planted my golden shower a year ago. He has grown very tall and skinny ever since. The incipient twigs in the center have fallen off and have remained from the center upwards. Leo that takes a few good years to bloom, right? and its branches? When is it that they widen? Thanks

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Nitzine.
      Yes, it may take a few years to bloom, 5-7, sometimes longer. Everything will depend on how much you pay (it is advisable to pay once a month with organic fertilizers, such as liquid guano).
      The thickening of the branches will also depend on the fertilizer. As it grows and gains strength, it will expand.
      A greeting.

  24.   Mafe said

    I want to know if I plant it near a fence or a sidewalk it can break concrete

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Mafe.
      Yes, it could.
      A greeting.

  25.   JORGE said

    Hello, could you tell me the moment to proceed to transplant it? I have it in a pot for 2 years. Thank you

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Jorge.
      Whether you want to move it to a larger pot or if you want to plant it in the garden, you have to wait until spring.
      If it is in a pot, the ideal time to do so is when the roots begin to be seen with the naked eye through the drainage holes.
      A greeting.

  26.   carlos yannick said

    Hello there,
    I want to put a tree like this in my garden but it is a small thing. I am concerned about the root, if it can raise the floor or move the fence?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi carlos.
      Laburnum does not have invasive roots, but if it is less than 1m above the ground, it could lift it over time.
      A greeting.

  27.   Suzette said

    My golden rain has worms and strings hang with something brown and worms and its eyes and flowers fall off weaver worm that can be done either it has rained a lot, .. my tree is 25 years old and I live in Hermosillo Sonora and it was beautiful

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Suzette.
      I recommend treating it with insecticides that contain Permethrin or Cypermethrin, watering well and spraying as far as you can go (wear gloves).
      A greeting.

  28.   Johanna said

    I live in Villahermosa and yesterday they gave him one of this to my daughter

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Let's enjoy it. Beautify the garden in a spectacular way.

  29.   Carlos said

    hello, excuse me, can you help me with this question ... how long does tree care last?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi carlos.
      It depends on the type of tree 🙂. For example, if it is a native one, it is planted in the garden and cared for for a year, but if it is exotic it will need some other care throughout its life.
      A greeting.

  30.   Alejandro López said

    Hello, I just planted a golden shower tree, it is not even a week old and the leaves are already drying, what can I do?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Alejandro.
      It is normal for some leaves to fall off during the first days.
      Anyway, if it is the Laburnum, if you are in autumn now you will lose them all.
      Water 2 or 3 times a week, and little by little it will get used to its new location.
      A greeting.

  31.   Juan Nasar Albamonte said

    HELLO MÓNICA… .I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW IT IS, IN WHAT FORM THE SEED OF THE GOLDEN RAIN TREE IS PRESENTED.
    YOUR PAGE VERY INSTRUCTIVE, FROM ALREADY GRACE, GREETINGS

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi John.
      Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here's one 🙂:
      Laburnum seeds
      I'm glad you like the blog.
      A greeting.

  32.   olga said

    Hello Good morning, a question how much the roots grow why I would like to put it in my house but I am worried that the roots will get into the pipes?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Olga.
      The roots can extend up to 6 meters, so it is advisable to plant it away from the pipes.
      A greeting.

      1.    olga said

        Thank you very much Monica ... what tree do you recommend to plant outside the house that does not do much damage to the sidewalk and pipes?
        Thank you very much .. greetings from Mexico.

        1.    Monica Sanchez said

          Hello Olga.
          You can put:

          -Syringa vulgaris
          -Callistemon viminalis
          -Lagerstroemia indica
          -Ligustrum lucidum

          A greeting.

        2.    Claudia said

          I live in Ecuador. In gusyaquil with a lot of heat and it is a huge and leafy tree. I start to grow a baby tree about 4 meters. I'll try to get it out to plant it somewhere else! We realized that it came from a tree root.

          1.    Monica Sanchez said

            Hi Claudia.
            If you make some ditches around the tree, about 40cm deep, you will be able to remove it well, even if you have to cut the root that comes from the »mother tree».
            A greeting.


  33.   ANGELICA GOMEZ said

    HELLO MY QUESTION IS IF I CAN PLANT IT ON THE EDGE OF MY BENCH I DO NOT KNOW IF ITS ROOT IS TOO BIG TO DAMAGE IT !! THANK YOU

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Angelica.
      The root can destroy it. It is best to plant it at a minimum distance of 6m from any construction or pipes.
      A greeting.

  34.   martin said

    WHERE CAN I GET A PLANT OF THIS TREE OR SEEDS?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Martin.
      On eBay you will find the seeds you are looking for.
      A greeting.

  35.   Araceli said

    Hi there! What is the procedure to plant cassia in urban areas? After germination, how do you proceed?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Araceli.
      Leave it in the pot for at least a year, and next year you can move it to a larger pot or to the garden.
      A greeting.

  36.   Yanina Bravo said

    Hello, your page and the comments are very useful, thank you very much in advance! I have some plants of this tree that I recently placed in a pot, but I don't know if they can develop well there. Will I need a wide pot? or rather long and deep? I would like to keep it in a pot because I don't have a patio ... Thank you 😀

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Yanina.
      The bigger (wide and tall) the pot, the better. If you can get those big ones, 60cm in diameter (or more), they will surely grow a lot and they will look very pretty.
      A greeting.

  37.   Lucia said

    Hi Mony! what useful information you provide us…. I am writing to you because I planted a golden shower on the sidewalk ... but I notice it sick ... I planted it about 6 months ago, it has been a long time that both the stem and its leaves look dry in general, the leaves look dry and as if they were burned around and black spots also as if it were burned, I just checked it and I see that at the bottom of its leaves it has a few little animals that look like white spots… can it be recovered ???? It is important to mention that near it there is another very large tree that is damaged by mistletoe.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Lucia.
      As long as the trunk is green, there is a chance that it will recover.
      You can treat it with insecticides whose active ingredient is Dimethoate or Chlorpyrifos, following the instructions specified on the package.
      A greeting.

  38.   Yanina said

    Hello, this is my second question. I have this tree about 10 cm high, and white dots appeared on the leaves, they do not have any dust on it. Could it be that the leaves have gotten wet and that caused the dots? In case it is a disease, what can be placed on it?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Yanina.
      No, water is not harmful to plants; quite the opposite as long as they receive the amount they need.
      The whiteheads can be due to the attack of fungi by excess of humidity, or by a red spider attack. In the first case, it would be necessary to reduce the risks and treat it with a systemic fungicide; and in the second, with an acaricide.
      A greeting.

      1.    Yanina said

        Thanks a lot ! for your answer

        1.    Monica Sanchez said

          Greetings to you 🙂

  39.   Cynthia kuhn said

    Hello, I would like to know if I have to remove the seeds from the pod to do the boiling water procedure. Thanks a lot

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Cynthia.
      Yes, you should remove it for it to be more effective.
      A greeting.

  40.   Miriam said

    Hello Monica, I have a golden rain tree, I am worried because I see it drying out, I have it on my sidewalk and they repaired the water pipe and they cut off a part of the root, my tree is about to dry out?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Miriam.
      If a part of the roots were cut off, you may be having a hard time because of it. You can water it for two weeks with liquid rooting hormones. This will help it to produce new roots.
      A greeting.

  41.   Liliana said

    Hello, I want to know if it is used for a flowerbed with other plants or if its root is invasive

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Liliana.
      Laburnum roots are invasive. Where are you from? If your climate is warm or without frost you can put the Cassia corymbosa, which is very similar to Laburnum but whose roots are not harmful.
      A greeting.

  42.   Mike anaya said

    Hi there! I have a specimen of golden shower in a small pot, my question is about the roots, I want to plant it very close to the outer wall of the house, but I don't want the roots to affect the foundations of the house over time. the house, there is no problem to do this or better I plant it in a place where any type of structure is affected?
    Thank you!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Mike.
      The roots of this tree are invasive. However, you can make a 1m x 1m hole and put anti-rhizome mesh on it (you will find it in nurseries). This way they will develop downwards and not sideways.
      A greeting.

  43.   Javier said

    What type of fertilizer do you recommend? My tree began to get the edges of the black leaves and others fell, I was left without any leaves. I would like to get it back as the stem is still green. Thank you.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Javier.
      When the plant is sick, it should not be fertilized or fertilized, as otherwise it could get worse.
      What is the climate in your area? I ask because Laburnum cannot thrive in hot climates, even in the Mediterranean indoor it often has problems.
      For now, I recommend watering it with homemade rooting hormones (here! explains how to obtain them). This will stimulate root growth.
      A greeting.

      1.    Javier said

        Thank you for your prompt response, because the climate is considered temperate subhumid, where on a sunny day it reaches 28 degrees continuously and at night it drops to 6 degrees.

        1.    Monica Sanchez said

          Hi Javier.
          This being the case, the problem is not the temperature.
          Have you paid for it? The tree can be left without leaves if it is not fertilized or if the soil in which it grows is poor in nutrients.
          A greeting.

  44.   Moises said

    Hello, I will transplant one but I do not know where to place it
    Where else does the sun give you the shade? ... or where does the shade give you more? … And how often does it have to be avonar? In the case of mine, it is approximately half a meter high. I await your pleasant response in advance, thank you very much!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Moses.
      Where are you from? If you live in an area with a temperate-cold climate, you can put it where it gets more sun than shade; otherwise, it is better to give it a little more shade than sun (but it does not have to be in full shade).
      A greeting.

  45.   Lourdes said

    Hello I have a little tree that blooms little, it will be the heat above 27 degrees, I will change it to a pot ... what soil, compost, etc. Do you advise me to have available so that the change goes well? because, on the other hand ... it has some red ants that made its house in its roots and I am worried that if I evict them it will damage it ... and when it blooms some bright yellow and lemon green orogas appear to end up with the few leaves and flowers? ???
    Thank you. for your guidance ...

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Lourdes.
      If you have it on the ground and it is sick, it is better to leave it there, because if you change the pot when it is weak, it may not survive the transplant.
      My advice is to treat it with an insecticide called Chlorpyrifos 48%, which will kill both caterpillars and ants.
      A greeting.

  46.   Lourdes said

    mmm. I have it near some guava trees and mangoes, will there be a problem if I leave it there ???

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Lourdes.
      No, you shouldn't have problems 🙂.
      A greeting.

  47.   Fernando said

    Monica I would like to ask 2 questions
    1.- I really like these trees, but why do they say they are toxic?
    2.- And when or in what season do I cut the pod, to remove the seeds?
    Thanks for your comments.
    Fernando Diaz

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Fernando.
      All parts of the tree, especially the seeds, contain a poison known as cytisine, which causes vomiting, diarrhea and discomfort if ingested.
      The pods are cut in autumn, which is when they will already be dry and about to open.
      A greeting.

  48.   Ricardo said

    Hello Monica, I am sad I looked for this tree for a long time. I found it and bought it in a nursery measuring about one meter. Mr. del Vivero told me to plant it 20 centimeters more from the stem. It's three days old and I see it drying out. I think it is not the climate where I live since in my city there are several. help please what do i do? Greetings from Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Ricardo.
      Sorry, I have not understood you well. Did he tell you to plant it so that 20cm of stem would be buried? If so, that's why it's getting bad. You never have to bury the trunk so deep, just one or two centimeters.
      In the event that it is not that, it is normal for you to feel a little sad after the transplant. You can water it with rooting hormones so that it emits new roots.
      A greeting.

  49.   German vazquez said

    Hello Monica, in my city I have seen these trees and I have always liked them. At this time they have their pods full of seeds and I want to plant some in a park near my house, where people go to play soccer on the center court and there is a running track around it.

    You mention that the plant is toxic, and I ask you, will there be any risk if I plant this type of tree in the park?

    They look beautiful, but I don't want an accident sooner or later, greetings.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello German.
      Where are you from? I ask you because Laburnum anagyroides is toxic, but the Cassia fistula (also known as Golden Shower), it is not. The former grows well in cool-temperate climates, while the latter prefers warm-temperate to tropical climates.
      If a Laburnum is planted in a park there is a risk of problems arising.
      A greeting.

  50.   Ricardo said

    Thank you very much Moni, that's how it is today I went to the nursery and took him the photo of the tree that is almost without leaves, he repeated the same thing as if I buried the 20 cm of stem and said yes. that if I put the vitamins in the earth some blue balls and I also answered yes, the man from the nursery told me to scrape the stem a little with his nail and call him to find out if it was green (alive) that's how it was and he told me Give it another week, nothing happens even if it runs out of leaves, it is resentful and in a few days it will be fine.
    What do you advise me, Moni? I would like to rescue him

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Ricardo.
      I would advise you to dig it up those 20cm. It is likely that he is suffocating.
      A greeting.

  51.   Oscar said

    Hello, could you help me, I was 2 weeks old when I saw a 2.5 meter tree of golden rain thrown and I saw it still green and strong, I decided to take it to transplant it in my garden, but I saw it with small intact roots, only a large broken root almost detached, I just cut that small connection that I had to the earth, but when I brought it and planted it in my house I see that the leaves became very sad I am afraid that it is going to dry but I can do something even to rescue it, I would appreciate it a lot if you could help me urgently!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Oscar.
      You can water it with rooting hormones so that it will emit new roots, which will give it strength.
      A greeting.

  52.   Smyrna Moya said

    Hello. They gave me some seeds of this tree in a small pot, two sprouted together. They are one month old and about 8 cm tall. The pot is small at 5 cm. When can I move them to another pot? And is it good to separate them?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Smyrna.
      Due to their size and taking into account that they are growing in a very small pot, it is highly recommended to separate them as soon as possible.
      To do this, you have to extract them from the container and carefully remove the substrate to be able to untangle the roots later.
      Once separated, they should be planted in pots of at least 10,5cm in diameter.
      A greeting.

  53.   rosary said

    Hello Monica, outside my house on the camellon there is an orome rain tree I approached to cut the pods to plant them as recommended and I realized that it is full of resin. Is it a type of disease? What can I do for him? Are the pods still suitable to germinate their seeds or are they already infected? Could you get me out of doubts please, thank you in advance.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Rosario.
      You can treat it with a broad-spectrum insecticide to make it better.
      The seeds can germinate without problems. You just have to clean them well 🙂
      A greeting.

  54.   Rommel said

    Hello Monica, everything you comment on this forum is very interesting,
    Hey, in your opinion, which is leafier and more yellow ??… the Golden Rain tree or the Spring tree ??… I want to plant it outside the house on a sidewalk in hot dry weather. Greetings from Mexico and thank you for your words.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Rónmel.
      If you live in Mexico, it is likely that you know Cassia fistula as a golden shower, and not Laburnum anagyroides, which is from cold climates 🙂.
      Regarding your question, they are both very yellow, but I would almost tell you that the Cassia is a little more, but not much.
      A greeting.

  55.   Hector Gomez said

    Good morning, I have a golden shower tree, it was very good but suddenly it seems to have little animals in all its flower, it is also secreting a sticky liquid, I do not know how to help it. It's been really hot, above 30'C, so I don't know if this is doing that. Thank you very much for your reply.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Hector.
      You probably have aphids. You can eliminate them with neem oil, or with insecticides such as Chlorpyrifos.
      A greeting.

  56.   Norberto said

    Hello Monica
    Sorry a question

    The golden rain tree

    It is said that water cannot touch the leaves

    My question
    How can I do without the water touching them?

    An example:
    when I'm away from home and suddenly it rains and I have the tree outside

    Thank you very much for your answer

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Norberto.
      Rainwater won't hurt you; what's more, it is the most beneficial type of water for plants.
      A greeting.

  57.   Ana said

    Hello Monica,
    More than a year ago I put a little golden rain tree on my bench, it was a stick and now it has many branches, however many leaves are turning dry on the banks and others are yellow. I water the tree every other day or daily. They have already fumigated it and I compost it too.
    Thanks in advance.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Ana.
      It is normal for old leaves to turn yellow and eventually fall off, but if this is something that happens to you in general, the problem is in watering. My advice is to water it less, every two-three days in summer and every week the rest of the year.
      A greeting.

  58.   Rosario Garcia said

    Hi Monica, could you guide me on the characteristics of the tree called spring height? The diameter of its stem of what color flowers and how long I want to put it on the edge of the sidewalk. As well as redwood, I thank you for your guidance, greetings

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Rosario.
      Do you mean the Tabebuia? It is a tree that reaches 15-20 meters in height, whose trunk can thicken up to 40-50cm.
      If the climate is mild and the rains (or waterings) abundant, and if it is also paid regularly, it can flower soon, four years after its sowing.

      Regarding the palo tinto, whose scientific name is Haematoxylum campechianum, It is a tree that grows up to 6m in height. Its trunk thickens until it reaches 50cm more or less. The same, if the conditions are right, it can bloom soon, at 6-7 years.

      A greeting.

  59.   Rafael Nuño Vega said

    Good night Monica I live in Guadalajara Mexico for a year and a half I planted outside my house a golden shower about two months ago only a bunch of flowers came out and there it was not flowered anymore and it is all full of green leaves and very leafy my Question is why I do not flower anymore and when is pruning season

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Rafael.
      It may be that he is still very young and / or that, due to environmental reasons, he did not have enough strength to finish developing the flowers.
      I recommend you fertilize it in spring and summer with organic fertilizers, such as goat or chicken manure (if you opt for the latter and get it fresh, let it dry for at least a week in the sun). You put a layer about 3cm thick once a month around the trunk, and it will grow well.
      Pruning season is late winter.
      A greeting.

  60.   ANA said

    You say that it is highly toxic in the details of the tree, so what are the recommendations for handling it, both in planting and pruning and others? I would appreciate your prompt response, since the questions generally do not answer them. Greetings

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Ana.
      The seeds of the tree Laburnum anagyroides they are toxic if ingested. The rest of the plant can be manipulated without problem.
      A greeting.

  61.   Marco Antonio Varela Ruiz said

    Hello, it was recommended to me to control diabetes that I boil the leaves and drink the tea, I would not have problems?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Marco Antonio.
      The shaft Laburnum anagyroides (the one described in the article) is toxic, but the Cassia fistula it is used medicinally. Both trees are known as the golden shower.
      A greeting.

  62.   Maria said

    Hello… thanks for your recommendations my question is… I bought a bush that they told me was called golden rain, I have it inside next to a window it can stay there… what are its cares… thank you

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Maria.
      It's probably the Cassia fistula.
      It is better to be outside, since plants generally do not grow well indoors, with a few exceptions (orchids and ferns, for example).
      A greeting.

  63.   Gloria ines orozco said

    the golden rain can be planted in a pot to keep it at home

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello, Gloria.
      If you are referring to Laburnum anagyroides (the tree that is described in the article) due to the size it reaches, it is not advisable to have it in a pot. But the Cassia fistula, also known as Golden shower, it can be potted but outside.
      A greeting.

  64.   Gabriela Galicia said

    Hello, your comments have been useful to me, could you tell me if their roots damage sidewalks, I planted 2 outside my house, very close to the wall.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Gabriela.
      Thanks for your words.
      Laburnum angyroides does have invasive roots and can break pipes. The Cassia fistula however no.
      A greeting.

  65.   Lizbeth glez said

    Hello plate barias seeds of this beautiful tree to the letter, the seeds are those of the pod and just as they should be, but I was given 3 beautiful tiny bushes, only some small buttons are sprouting but they look purple and not yellow
    I am as convinced that it cannot be another bush because I cut directly the pod of the golden tree and I followed all the instructions with first quality and virgin soil without any other seeds ... do you know why? I am super surprised that the two most mature have purple buds?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Lizbeth.
      Do you have them in direct sun? They may be burning a little.
      If you can, upload an image to tinypic or imageshack, or in our telegram group, and I tell you.
      A greeting.

  66.   but by said

    HI! I am very worried my tree is dying, I brought it from San Luis Potosí to the state of Mexico, everything was going smoothly but some little black dots started to come out leaf by leaf, my grandmother said it was a plague that I put liquid soap on it. but… .. the leaves dried up: ´ (almost completely. What do I do?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Ale.
      I recommend scratching the trunk a bit. If it's still green, there is hope.
      Water it with homemade rooting hormones (here! explains how to obtain them), about three times a week.
      A greeting.

  67.   Deyanira said

    Hi there! I would like to know how I distinguish the two varieties you describe of the golden shower tree? Since I don't know if mine is the one that has invasive roots or not; or if I can have it in a pot
    Thank you

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Deyanira.
      As Golden Rain, the Laburnum anagyroides tree is known, which is the one described in this article, which is a tree for temperate climates, and the Cassia fistula, which can only live in climates without frost.
      A greeting.

    2.    but by said

      Thank you very much, I will try and tell how I am doing 🙂

  68.   Sara ortiz said

    Hi there! Transplant a golden rain with very little original soil from your pot, even if you fill with soil what was left to fill in the new pot and 1 week fifteen days the leaves are turning yellow, what is happening? What can u do?

  69.   Marcos Garay said

    My tree gives a pod about forty cm round one and a half cm thick, what a variety of golden shower it is

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi marcos.
      It will depend on the type of sheet. As two trees are known by the name of golden shower, the Laburnum anagyroides that is the one in this article, and the Cassia fistula, I recommend you read the post of the latter by doing click here.
      A greeting.

  70.   Adriana said

    Hello Monica,
    Could you tell me how long it takes for the golden rain tree to bloom for the first time?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Adriana.
      If you mean Laburnum anagyroides, it can take 4-7 years.
      If it is Cassia fistula, at 2-3 years.
      A greeting.

  71.   Andrea said

    Hello, I have a golden shower in a pot, this year I changed the substrate and some roots were started. So I planted these roots leaving the top end outside, two months passed and they all sprouted. Happy happy!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Brilliant. Congratulations 🙂

  72.   Luis Carlos said

    Can this tree flourish in Colombia? Mild weather?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Luis Carlos.
      The Laburnum anagyroides precisely needs a temperate climate, with frosts in autumn-winter, so that it is likely to flower.
      A greeting.

  73.   samuel said

    Hello, my grandmother planted a tree that also released "golden rain" on the sidewalk for many years, but it has a strange shape, it seems that the foliage is divided into 2 heights, the lowest is like any tree and the upper part are branches that grow as an asterisk diagonally upwards, cone type, do you know if it is the tree that is talked about in this article? If it flowers and I don't know if it has given any plague because here the state usually passes with trucks spraying the trees throughout the city

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi samuel.
      Probably the Cassia fistula. You have more information here!.
      Anyway, if you want send us a photo to our Facebook and we tell you.
      A greeting.

  74.   Joel said

    My golden shower has damaged leaves (looks like they were burned), I'm not sure if it's fungus infestation or sun damage, or some other problem.

    Can you please support me, or how can I share my photo with you?

    *** I'd like to put it here, but it doesn't give me the option.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Joel.
      First of all, it is necessary to know which tree we are talking about, since there are two that are popularly called like this: one is the Laburnum anagyroides, which needs temperate climates; and the other is Cassia fistula, which only grows in hot climates. The article talks about the first, but in this other talk about the second.

      Burnt or burnt leaves are a symptom of various things such as excess light or fungus. How often do you water it? And where do you have it? It is important not to water more than necessary, and to avoid putting it in direct sun when the degree of insolation is strong.

      If you have any doubts, please contact us.

      Greetings.

      1.    Joel said

        Thanks for your reply.
        Honestly, I am not quite sure which tree it is, since it has never flowered.
        - Normally I water it daily, with a little water.
        - I have it in a large pot,

        I have already moved it to a place where only sunlight hits it in the morning, cut the damaged leaves and it seems that it is improving, since new leaves have grown.

        Could you share a photo?

        1.    Monica Sanchez said

          Hi Joel.
          It's probably the Cassia fistula, anyway you can send some photos of the plant to the mail contacto@jardineriaon.com

          It is great news that you are putting out new leaves. That's because it sure will come out ahead 🙂

          Regards!

  75.   Juan said

    Hello, I live in Argentina in the south of Santa Fe. Cloma temperate grows well here?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi John.

      El Laburnum anagyroides it lives well in temperate climates with frost.
      But Cassia fistula it is more for hot, tropical or subtropical climates.

      I am telling you because both trees are known as the golden shower. Depending on the low temperatures in your area, one or the other will be better.

      Greetings.

  76.   Antonio Sanchez said

    Thank you very much for the article. Very interesting. Where can I get Cassia seeds or seedlings?

  77.   Arturo Painter said

    Excellent report, simple and very illustrative.
    Greetings.
    Arturo Painter

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thanks, Arturo 🙂

  78.   Cuauhtémoc Renteria Montero said

    Excellent very complete article, I found all the information I need, very good description, thank you very much congratulations

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thank you very much 🙂

  79.   Angel said

    Excellent information thank you!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thanks to you, Angel!

  80.   Efrain Angulo Navarrete said

    Thanks for such wise advice

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thank you for your comment, Efraín.

  81.   Geremias Nunez Martinez said

    Thanks is what I needed so that my plants grow well

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thank you very much for leaving the comment, Geremias. Greetings!

  82.   francy elena said

    precious

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Yes, indeed. Is very pretty.

  83.   Mechi Millach said

    Hello. Very nice article. The difference between the two is not clear. It would seem that the laburnum, if the photo of its legume is correct, is much smaller than that of Cassia, which is hard black and measures 20cm. Besides round. Hopefully that is the difference xq no other is named. A lady asked for the plant to be Abeledo I think. I made it from seed. And if you can contact her, tell her that I have more seeds. I brought her from Clorinda there are many trees. I think they're all Cassia.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Mechi.

      Yes, the legumes of Cassia fistula are much longer than those of Laburnum; in fact, they measure between 30 and 60 centimeters, while those of the Laburnum do not reach 20 centimeters.

      Greetings from Spain.