|Grid reference||ST 18575 78943|
|Common name||Indian bean tree|
|Status||Wales Champion 2013|
|Height||13.5M February 2015|
|Girth||316cm January 2015|
This tree is to be found beside the bridge near the Conservatory. It is thought to be part of the original planting of the Botanic Garden, according to W.W.Pettigrew's article for the Cardiff Naturalists' Society (1894-5, volume XXVII part I, pages 52-62).
General tree description
This is a spreading medium-sized tree, native to the southern USA. It can grow to 18 metres in height, and has an irregular, broad crown. Leaves are pale green, broad-ovate in shape and up to 25cm in length. They can emit a somewhat unpleasant odour when bruised. Fragrant flowers appear in May-June. They are white marked with orange and purple, bell-shaped and 3-4cm in width. After flowering, seeds come in slender bean-like pods which mature to dark brown in autumn.