Cassia leptophylla, also called gold medallion tree, is a small open-crowned tree with spreading, slightly drooping branches. It typically matures to 20’ tall. It is noted for producing large pinnate leaves, a showy display of yellow flowers in summer and large bean-like seed pods following the flowers. Each even-pinnate compound leaf (to 12-18" long) has 9-14 pairs of small narrow leaflets (each to 2.5" long). This tree is considered to be semi-evergreen that drops some leaves during the year. This tree is particularly noted for producing a show-stopping bloom of fragrant yellow flowers (2-3" wide) arranged in 6-10" long terminal clusters each containing 30-50 flowers. Stunning and rare specimen plant.
Winter hardy to USDA Zone 9b where it is grown in average, medium moisture well drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Established trees have some drought tolerance. Intolerant of frost.