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Question of the week – Peanut Tree (Cassia)

Posted by romeethredge on December 4, 2015

Last week I had a photo of a small tree we sometimes grow here that is really nice, but affected by hard cold. We call it a peanut tree due to the resemblance to a peanut’s leaves and blooms and it is in the same plant family, but it’s one of the Cassias. Often it’s known as Cassia bicapsularis or Butterfly Bush. IMG_9409


Mississipi Extension has a nice article about it at this link. Here’s an excerpt.

“While other trees are preparing for winter, butterfly bush is just waking up in the fall. This sprawling, semi-evergreen shrub, reaching a height of 8 to 10 feet with an equal spread, produces blossoms in fall that resemble golden butterflies. Bright yellow flowers appear at a time of year when little else is in bloom. This plant has a place in any sunny landscape.

Winter CassiaA touch of the tropics in a landscape setting is always a pleasure, especially when it comes at an unexpected time. That’s what you get with fall blooming Senna bicapsularis, which is in full bloom right now along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Its sunny yellow tropical flowers have a lot of people wondering what it is. Senna bicapsularis has many common names including Butterfly Cassia, Winter Cassia, Butterfly Bush and Christmas Senna. Whatever it may be called, when in bloom, this plant becomes a point of special interest and the talk of the neighborhood.

Winter Cassia is one of those plants that originated in the tropics, probably South America or Africa where it freely distributes itself by seed. Somehow it made its way to the U.S. and is frequently used along the Gulf Coast and in Florida landscapes. Its official cold hardiness varies, depending on whom you ask, but I feel safe saying it is a hardy perennial in zone 8. That is, it will die back to the ground each winter in south Mississippi but will resprout each spring and grow 8 to 10 feet tall and about as wide then bloom like crazy in the fall. In tropical regions it becomes a large shrub or small tree.”


This week’s question is about a pig. We had our Market Hog weigh in last week and I was glad to see this pig because it reminded me of one I exhibited in 5th grade. What kind of pig is this, what predominant breed?




2 Responses to “Question of the week – Peanut Tree (Cassia)”

  1. Mike Box said


  2. Yes

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