Pink Shower Tree

The pink shower tree [cassia javanica] is named after the clusters of flowers that cling to its branches. These flowers start out red, and then fade from pink to orange. It has bark that is smooth and pale grey, and it grows to be between 65 and 100 feet (20 m to 30 m).

Leaves of the pink shower tree come in 16 pairs of leaflets. They are green on the top with dark red undersides. The pink shower tree is deciduous, meaning that it sheds its leaves.

The leaves fall off during dry season, and then the stamens of the flowers gradually transform into long, woody pods. These pods contain seeds surrounded by sweet, gooey flesh. This fruit is edible and some locals believe it has medicinal properties.