Hummingbird Tree (Sesbania grandiflora)

Hummingbird Tree (Sesbania grandiflora)

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The Hummingbird Tree, also known as Vegetable Hummingbird or Agati, is a small, fast-growing mimosoid tree with large beautiful flowers native to Malaysia and Australia.  The root, leaf, bark, and flower all have medicinal properties.  In Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand, the white flowers, young bean pods, and leaves are cooked and eaten as vegetables. It's very attractive to pollinators and birds as well! 
 
In Asia, the wood is used like bamboo for light construction and in reforestation efforts and as a shade plant for coconut seedlings. It's native environment is tropical lowlands and disturbed areas and Hummingbird Tree readily grows around drainage ditches and fence lines.

How to Grow Hummingbird Tree

Plant Type: Evergreen Flowering Tree

Harvest Season: Year-round

Mature Size: Up to 30 ft. tall on average with a wide 10 ft. spreading canopy.

Soil & Moisture: Moist, loose and well-draining. Can do well in low-fertility soils. Is nitrogen fixing.

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9+

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