In Bloom: Lluvia de Oro (Golden Shower Tree)

Up until last week, I had only heard rumors about the infamous Lluvia de Oro tree. While driving from La Peñita to Rincón de Guayabitos, I noticed three bright yellow trees on the west side of the highway. Knowing that the Primavera trees were finished blooming, I suspected I might be in luck.

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Lluvia de Oro, also known as the Golden Shower tree, Amaltas and Cassia Fistula, is a small to medium-size tree which can reach 30-40 feet tall. Its shiny green leaves drop in April, and by late spring the entire tree turns into a show stopping burst of lemon-yellow. When in full bloom (May-June or early July), the trees are covered with long grape-like clusters of countless delicate yellow flowers – it almost appears as if they have yellow lace dripping from their branches. The leaves begin to return as the flowering progresses, with foliage totally restored by July.

Editor’s Note: You can also learn more about the gorgeous reddish-orange flowers of the Tabachín tree shown on the right side of the photo.

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Lluvia de Oro trees attract bees, butterflies and birds and are widely grown in tropical and subtropical areas around the world for their ornamental and medicinal properties.

The flowers are followed by 2-foot-long, round, slender and woody bean pods which contain several seeds. The fruit/pods emerge green, but mature to black, and can remain on the tree until the following year.

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These three trees are located on the lateral between Calle Tukan and Calle Colibri in Rincón de Guayabitos. Sra. Marta, the property owner, kindly gave me a few cuttings so I could photograph the flowers up close.

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by Allyson Williams

View more plants in bloom under the Flora & Fauna: Plants & Trees category.

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  1. :

    I just love this story! And these lovely pictures of this wonderful tree. Now I can tell all the people I have told......the Primivera tree, which is also MAGNIFICANT, IS NOT the RAIN OF GOLD, Lluvia de ORO. Another translation. That in fact they are 2 very different trees! Here is another. Spelling may be off. The beautiful Tuba-chin that is BRILLANT Orange orchid looking blossoms, that is also called the Pointseana, by many people. Thank you for my clairafacation. Now I know and SEE THE DIFFERENCE!

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