PlantsSenna→Christmas Senna (Senna bicapsularis)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Senna bicapsularis Accepted
Cassia bicapsularis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 8 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 10 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Other: dry, brown pod to 6 inches in length
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 11, 2011 2:37 PM

Christmas Senna is a shrub to small tree that will attain a height and width of 8 to 10 feet. Senna bicapsularis will naturalize in warmer, tropical climates and has become invasive in some areas. It can be grown as a container plant and pruned to a desired size. The beautiful yellow flowers attract bees and butterflies and the plant is a host plant for the caterpillars of the Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly.

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Posted by hawkarica (Odessa, Florida - Zone 9b) on Jun 8, 2015 3:59 PM

Beautiful blooming small tree, but it is invasive in warm climates and can harbor nasty biting ants. Enjoy the profusion of color, but beware.

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