Indian Bean trees originate from the Eastern United states. The Indian Bean tree has large heart shaped velvety leaves, very large when the tree is young. The leaves are late to emerge not appearing until late June and will be killed off by the first frost without changing colour.
Indian Bean trees come into flower in the middle of July with white flowers that have yellow and purple flecks. The flowers are produced in large clusters and can be so numerous as to obscure the leaves of the tree altogether, thus ensuring its status as one of the most appealing summer trees.
The beans are the tree’s bean-like pods, which are very slim and almost perfectly cylindrical and can grow up to 16 inches in length. These pods contain winged seeds and remain on the tree throughout the winter before splitting and releasing the seeds.
Indian Bean trees will grow to 15m (50ft) in good conditions with a wide spreading much branched head and is a popular parkland tree.
The Indian Bean Tree grows best planted in open ground. Plant your tree in an area with complete sunshine. It will do better with a little bit of shelter from winds which can damage the large leaves. Make sure the root ball is well-moistened before planting. Plant the root ball of the Indian Bean Tree at the correct depth in the hole. The top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Plant the root ball next to a sturdy tree pole and place a tree strap around the pole and trunk. Provide plenty of water immediately after planting.