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A picture of a Bead-Bean Tree

Bead-Bean Tree

Maerua angolensis

Also known as

Knoppiesboontjieboom (Afr.)

Full Sun
Advanced care
Light watering

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

8m

2m

Min

3m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Bead-Bean Tree Overview

Maerua angolensis is a shrub or small tree and is an attractive ornamental for garden planting especially in the drier parts. It is semi-decidious, loosing some of the leaves yearly. The plant is often rather rambling, with spreading or drooping branches and is aptly named for its long, drooping button-like bean pods that appear in summer after flowering. A charming tree with long knobbly pods but unfortunately not easily available from nurseries.

Common problems with Bead-Bean Tree

Generally not affected by many pest or diseases.

    How to harvest Bead-Bean Tree

    The leaves and pods are harvested from the tree when needed.

    How to propagate Bead-Bean Tree

    Seed

    Special features of Bead-Bean Tree

    Attracts useful insects

    Butterflies

    Attracts birds

    Some insect eating birds will hunt the caterpillars and butterflies found in these trees.