Blue Bean Shrub

Decaisnea fargesii, also known as the Blue Bean Shrub or Dead Man’s Fingers, is a deciduous shrub from China. It has pinnately compound leaves and inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers in late spring to early summer.

The Appearance

A small deciduous shrub with a spreading habit and pinnate leaves. It produces clusters of small, white flowers followed by blue, bean-like seed pods.


The Produce

These unique fruits have a smooth, bluish-green skin, and when mature, they reveal a gelatinous, seed-filled interior.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of small, white flowers in spring, followed by blue, bean-like seed pods.


The Leaves

Each leaflet is lance-shaped and measures approximately 10 to 15 centimetres in length, contributing to the overall grace of the compound leaves.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray when young, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The seeds are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and seed pods. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Blue Bean Shrub is known for its unique blue seed pods, which add a distinctive feature to gardens.

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