Sesbania sesban, also known as the Egyptian pea, is an evergreen shrub native to Africa. It typically grows as a large shrub 5-10 ft tall, but can reach sizes of 10-20 ft in height. It is a fast-growing, small size tree with pendant yellow and orange flowers and long, slender pods. This plant grows in full sun. It attracts beneficial insects and animals such as butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds.
This plant is tolerant of salt and can be planted near the seaside. It is also cold hardy, making it suitable for growing in USDA Zone 9-11. A mature plant can withstand temperatures as low as 30°F (for a short time). It is suitable for growing in pots in cold regions.
When growing Sesbania sesban, choose a location with full sun and well-drained soil. Water regularly and keep the soil evenly moist by mulching in the summer. Fertilize every two to three months during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. Prune to increase air circulation, shape or remove dead shoots or flowers. Propagate from seed or cuttings. Protect from cold temperatures by covering during the winter months.