Decaisnea fargesii, Blue Bean Shrub

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An uncommon Asian shrub with very long pinnate leaves and glowing pale blue seedpods. The interior of the fruit is delicately sweet and custard-like with embedded black seeds. From late spring to early summer, small, pale, creamy-yellow flowers bloom on upright deciduous multistem plants. Native to woodlands, thickets, mountain slopes, and ravines in western China, Bhutan, NE India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sikkim.

Mature size: 10–20 feet tall and wide.

Minimum temperature: -20° F

Close-up photo of flowers by Denis.prévôt, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons