Blue Bean Tree
We are so lucky to have the Blue Bean Tree! This obscure edible fruited plant is originally from Bhutan via the seedsman, explorer & plant breeder Chris Homanics.
Our Blue Bean Trees are the only ones being offered anywhere in the US currently. Blue Bean Tree is also known as Dead Man’s Fingers. This 15-20ft tall wispy tree is actually an Akebia Vine relative. The trunk can reach 8 inches thick but quickly tapers- kinda like a Dr. Suess tree.
The special fruit is reminiscent of Akebia Vine fruit with a mild coconut-like flavor. You eat the jelly-pulp around the inedible seeds by slurping the sweet jewels out of the pod, then swishing them around in your mouth, after that you just spit out the bitter seeds! Such a special and unusual fruit snack. The fruit is ripe around the end of October. You should use them as unusual centerpieces for Halloween decorations. You will frighten people by just leaving the fruit clusters out on the counter because they live up to their name by looking like dead man’s fingers.
Latin Name: Decaisea fargesii
Site and Soil: Shady understory tree so it likes moist humus-rich soil with shade
Hardiness: Zone 7
Size at Maturity: 15 ft. in height.
Pests & Diseases: None that are known at this time