Decaisnea fargesii

Decaisnea fargesii

Dead Man's Fingers, Blue Bean Shrub

£59.99

Pot Size:

10Ltr

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8 In stock

SKU: 98203166

Description

Family Lardizabalaceae
Originating from China

  • Huge feather-shaped leaves are borne on upright stems, forming a deciduous large shrub.
  • Large sprays of green/yellow bell-shaped flowers are followed by blue/green seed pods.
  • Easy to grow and vigorous, thriving in any soil in full sun or part shade.

A stunning species bearing huge, lush, feather-shaped bright green deciduous leaves that can reach over a meter long. They densely clothe the branches, emerging as intense blue buds. They maintain hues of grey/green before they mature to mid-green, eventually becoming a rich golden yellow in the autumn before dropping. Usually forming a multi-stemmed shrub, sometimes a thicket, its slender stems can arch over, weighed down by the weight of foliage, flower, and fruit.

Exotic bell-shaped flowers appear in mid-summer, held on long branched sprays. They emerge as long pointed buds before opening to form elegant, slender, and gracefully flared petals of a greenish-yellow colour, with a blue flush at their bases. The uniquely colored individual blooms open in succession on the branched inflorescence, making a long-lasting display. The beautiful flowers are often neglected when this species is described because of its headline feature: its huge deep steely blue seed pods. These are produced in late summer, emerging as bright green fruits with blue tints. They mature to blue and then silvery grey. Their bulbous sausage shape can reach up to 15cm long and resemble a bloated dead man’s finger. They have an edible soft fleshy clear gel-like pulp inside that has a watermelon-like flavor, containing large black seeds that are not edible.

A jungle essential, this species has a refined and elegant enough poise to look at home in traditional English and oriental-style gardens. It is easy to grow in any soil, but best with shelter from strong winds in full sun or part shade.

Height and spread after 10 – 20 years 5m x 4m.

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Urban Jungle Suffolk

London Road, Weston,
Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8TT
Opening hours
Nursery 10am to 5pm. March-October
10am to 4pm or dusk if earlier. November-February
Café 10am to 4pm. March-October
10am to 3pm. November-February
Garden Centre Telephone: 01502 219110
Cafe Telephone: 01502 559103
Directions/Map

Urban Jungle Norfolk

Ringland Lane, Old Costessey,
Norwich, Norfolk NR8 5BG
Opening hours
Nursery 10am to 5pm. March-October
10am to 4pm or dusk if earlier. November-February
Café 10am to 4pm. March-October
10am to 3pm. November-February
Garden Centre Telephone: 01603 744997
Cafe Telephone: 01603 857196
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