Golden Rain tree is one of the fitting common names for Cassia fistula, not only because of its gracefully hanging racemes of yellow flowers, but also because its heaviest blooming period is from June to August during the rainy season of the Cayman Islands.
This beauty is popular as an ornamental, and is oftentimes used as a street tree in urban landscapes. The flowers hang 2 feet to 2 ½ feet below the branches, and when planted in a grouping can give the effect of walking through a curtain of flowers, or a tunnel, depending on the placement. In Camana Bay, Golden Rain trees put on enough of a show that a courtyard — Cassia Court — has been named after them. The trees here create an inviting space under which to sit and take a break, read a book or enjoy a drink from nearby Jessie’s Juice Bar.
Native to India, Malaysia and Southeast Asia, Golden Rain trees have also been widely grown in tropical and subtropical areas all over the world. With drought tolerance once established and fairly low maintenance, it is easy to understand why this tree was chosen to add to the Camana Bay collection.
It prefers full sun and average well-drained soils, and is a fast grower, reaching heights of 30 feet to 40 feet. Depending on the year, Golden Rain trees will sometimes bloom again in September to leave a lasting impression until the next summer.