SESBANIA

FAMILY: Papilionaceae

TYPE
  • Deciduous
  • Shrubs
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Poisonous/Toxic

Plant Details

Fast-growing but short-lived plants with broad, open canopies of feathery foliage. Pretty, pendent clusters of summer flowers, reminiscent of wisteria, are followed by beanlike seedpods that dry and then rattle in the wind. Need well-drained soil. Somewat drought tolerant.

rattlebush

sesbania drummondii

  • Shrub.
  • Zones LS, CS, TS; USDA 8-11.
  • Native from Florida to Arkansas and Texas.
  • To 20 feet tall, 15 feet wide; usually smaller in colder part of range, where branches often die back.
  • Leaves to 8 inches long, with 10 to 25 pairs of oblong, 1 inches leaflets.
  • Small (12 inches.) flowers are yellow, sometimes marked with red; 2 inches-long seedpods.

scarlet wisteria tree

sesbania grandiflora

  • Tree.
  • Native to tropical Asia; almost evergreen in warmest parts of the South.
  • To 3040 feet tall, 1520 feet wide, with foot-long leaves made up of 10 to 30 pairs of 1- to 2 inches leaflets.
  • Pendent clusters of sweet peashaped blossoms to 4 inches long, in rusty red, pink, or white.
  • Pods can reach over 1 feet long.

rattlebox

sesbania punicea

  • Shrub.
  • Native to North America; naturalized in the Coastal South.
  • Sometimes sold as Daubentonia.
  • Usually grows to 6 feet tall, though it can reach up to 12 feet.; 58 feet wide.
  • Self-seeds, forming colonies (sometimes rather rangy looking) with broad, flat crowns of delicate foliage.
  • Leaves are variable in length, with 6 to 20 pairs of 12- to 1 inches leaflets.
  • Small vermilion flowers in 4 inches clusters appear over an especially long season, from early summer into early fall.
  • Seedpods are 34 inches long.

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