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Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora, Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati

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 Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora
Family: Faboideae / Leguminosae / Papilionaceae
Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati
Origin: Asia and Australia
small tree 10-20 ftfull sunsemi-shaderegular waterwhite/off-white flowersred/crimson/vinous flowersethnomedicaldeciduousedibleattracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFlood tolerantincuded in CD catalog

This small ornamental tree with a straight trunk produces a mass of large, 3-4" white flowers resembling little birds. Its lower branches create a floral canopy from November to June. Tolerates flooding. The flower is large and distinctively curved. Vertical pods, located near the flowers, can contain up to 20 seeds. The tender leaves, green fruit, and flowers are eaten alone as a vegetable or mixed into curries or salads. Flowers may be dipped in batter and fried in butter. Tender portions serve as cattle fodder. Ripe pods apparently are not eaten. The inner bark can serve as fiber and the white, soft wood not too durable, can be used for cork. The wood is used, like bamboo, in Asian construction. The tree is grown as an ornamental shade tree, and for reforestation. Bark, leaves, gums, and flowers are considered medicinal. In Java, the tree is extensively used as a pulp source. A gum resembling kino (called katurai), fresh when red, nearly black after exposure, exudes from wounds. This astringent gum is partially soluble in water and in alcohol, but applied to fishing cord, it makes it more durable. Pepper vines (Piper nigrum) are sometimes grown on and in the shade of the agati. Dried and powdered bark is used as a cosmetic in Java. An aqueous extract of bark is said to be toxic to cockroaches.


 Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora, Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati

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Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora, Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati

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Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora, Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati

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Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora, Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati

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Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora, Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati

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Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora, Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati

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Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora, Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati

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Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora, Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati

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Sesbania grandiflora Scarlet
Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora, Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati

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Sesbania grandiflora Scarlet
Sesbania grandiflora, Agati grandiflora, Hummingbird Tree, Butterfly Tree, Agati

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Hummingbird Tree - flowers resembling little birds. The tender leaves, green fruit, and flowers are eaten alone as a vegetable or mixed into curries or salads. Flowers may be dipped in batter and fried in butter. During winter, the tree may lose leaves.
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in 3 gal pot

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Sesbania grandiflora Pink - seeds

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Hummingbird Tree - pink flowers resembling little birds. The tender leaves, green fruit, and flowers are eaten alone as a vegetable or mixed into curries or salads. Flowers may be dipped in batter and fried in butter. During winter, the tree may lose leaves..
Cover seeds with 1/4" well-drained soil mix, keep warm, damp and in bright light.
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Per pack: 6 seeds

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$3.95  
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Sesbania grandiflora White - seeds

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This small ornamental tree with a straight trunk produces a mass of large, 3-4" white flowers resembling little birds. Its lower branches create a floral canopy from November to June. Tolerates flooding. The tender leaves, green fruit, and flowers are eaten alone as a vegetable or mixed into curries or salads. Flowers may be dipped in batter and fried in butter.
Cover seeds with 1/4" well-drained soil mix, keep warm, damp and in bright light.
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Per pack: 6 seeds

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