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Golden Senna

Senna surattensis

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Golden Senna (Senna surattensis) at Rainbow Gardens

Golden Senna flowers

Golden Senna flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Golden Senna (Senna surattensis) at Rainbow Gardens

Golden Senna in bloom

Golden Senna in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9a

Other Names:  Glaucous Cassia, Scrambled Egg Tree


A large shrub or small tree with small oval, dark green compound leaves, covered with clusters of yellow flowers in flushes throughout the year; prune to shape as a small accent tree, and to maintain density

Ornamental Features

Golden Senna features showy clusters of yellow pea-like flowers at the ends of the branches from late winter to late fall. It has attractive dark green foliage. The oval compound leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruits are showy brown pods displayed in mid summer.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Senna is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Golden Senna is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Golden Senna will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.