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Bead-bean tree

Maerua angolensis

Knoppiesboontjieboom (Afr.)

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Butterflies
Attracts birds
Some insect eating birds will hunt the caterpillars and butterflies found in these trees.

Geography

Origin
Tropical Africa - Mauritania to Somalia, south to S. Africa
Natural climate
Arid Interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral

Personality

Family
Capparaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally not affected by many pest or diseases.

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