Candlebush: Cassia didymobotrya

Candlebush takes its name from its striking, erect clusters of flowers. While the open flowers are yellow, the buds at the top end of the clusters are still dark. They stand out beautifully against the background of the green, pinnate leaves that smell like peanut butter when touched. Cassia didymobotrya originates from tropical Africa where it grows to a small tree that can reach a height of 3 m (10 ft). All cassias can grown as standards. They need a warm, sunny position and must be watered and fed generously during the growing season. The flowering season can be prolonged well into the winter if the dead blooms are removed regularly.

This species does not produce seeds when cultivated and should therefore be propagated from cuttings. They must over-winter in light room at a temperature that is no lower than 10° C (50° F). Do not allow to become waterlogged and look out for aphids. Cut back the year’s growth in spring.

28. May 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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