Cassia afrofistula, Kenyan Cassia
Close up photo of Kenyan Cassia.
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How to Cite

Andreu, Michael G., Melissa H. Friedman, and Robert J. Northrop. 2012. “Cassia Afrofistula, Kenyan Cassia: FOR296/FR364, 7/2012”. EDIS 2012 (10). Gainesville, FL.


The Kenyan cassia can be used as a showy ornamental tree or shrub, with its dark foliage and bright yellow flowers. Some people find the seed pods to be unattractive and prune the tree after it flowers to prevent pods from developing. This tree tolerates a wide range of soil types and can be used in a garden, park, patio, or streetscape setting. This 2-page fact sheet was written by Michael G. Andreu, Melissa H. Friedman, and Robert J. Northrop, and published by the UF Department of School of Forest Resources and Conservation, July 2012.

FOR296/FR364: Cassia afrofistula, Kenyan Cassia (
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Stebbins, M. K. (1999). Flowering Trees of Florida. Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (n.d.). Plants Database. Retrieved from