Flowers in panicle
Flower - front view
Flower - side view
Bean-like pods in summer
Pods in winter
Upper leaf surface
Lower leaf surface
July to August
It is cultivated throughout the country.
Naturalised escapes are occasionally found in any part of
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte, which was introduced from the US in the 1790s.
It is widely grown as an ornamental tree in parks, estates and
Naturalised escapes are found only very occasionally.
Indian-bean-tree is a broad-leaved, deciduous tree growing
up to 15m.
The flowers grow in panicles of up to 40 flowers.
Each flower is up to 4cm and has 5 frilly white petals with
yellow, orange and purple markings.
The fruits are bean-like pods up to 40cm long and 1cm wide.
The seeds are winged and released when the pods split at
the end of winter.
The leaves are oval with a heart shaped base and a longish
stalk. They are large, up to 25cm and lime green. They first
appear in June.
Flowering tends to occur only in good summers in the UK.
It is not clear whether the escapes originate from seeds.
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