RAINBOW SHOWER TREE - Knowledgebase Question

AUBURN, CA
Question by figueroadan
October 16, 2005
WHAT IS BOTANICAL NAME FOR TREE PLANTED ON KAPIOLANI AVE IN HONOLULU THAT LOCALS CALL THE RAINBOW SHOWER TREE. IT HAS BEAUTIFUL ORCHID LIKE FLOWERS. THANK YOU


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Answer from NGA
October 16, 2005

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Rainbow Shower Tree is Cassia fistula x C. javanica. It is a medium to large size tropical tree, to 40ft, and is common in parks and on streets in tropical regions. The tree is very drought tolerant and grows best in full sun, hot, and dry conditions. There are several different varieties of the rainbow shower tree, each having various colors of flowers, often maturing from one color to another. This tree is a horticultural hybrid, originating from Hawaii; the rainbow shower tree is a sterile hybrid.




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