|Grid reference||ST 18518 79180|
|Common name||Dead man's fingers|
|Common name||Blue bean tree|
|Common name||Blue sausage fruit|
The first of a group of three on the right hand side of the path leading down from the Promenade besides the bywash. The group is about 20 metres south of the junction of paths, and it backs on to the Small Acer Lawn.
General tree description
Decaisnea fargesii is a large shrub or small tree growing to around 4 metres tall and comprising a cluster of erect stems. It has large, pinnate leaves, 0.6 to 1 metre long, consisting of six to twelve ovate, slender pointed leaflets, 7.5 to 15 cm long. The leaves are blue-tinged when young, becoming mid green and finally turning bright yellow in autumn. In May there are yellow-green flowers in drooping clusters up tp 50cm long. These are followed by fruits in the form of pods, initially green and ripening to a striking blue. The pods are up to 10cm long and similar in shape to the broad bean. They contain a transparent, jelly-like substance in which there are numerous flat, black seeds.