Castanospermum australe (Black Bean Tree)

An attractive Australian rainforest tree with dark glossy leaves and masses of yellow and red flowers during summer. Flowers attract lorikeets. Valuable timber. Good strong tree in high wind areas. A popular street tree in parks and gardens.

Synonyms (AKA): Moreton Bay Chestnut, Australian Chestnut


Typical height: 10 to 40m
Minimum temperature tolerance: Tolerates light frost
Climate: Prefers tropical or sub-tropical climates
Light conditions: Full sun to part shade
Growing conditions: Rich, slightly acidic, moist well drained soil
Origin: SE QLD and Northern NSW


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Castanospermum australe (Black Bean Tree) - 250mm pot Castanospermum australe (Black Bean Tree) - 250mm pot


Long lived and elegant ornamental tree with grey to brownish smooth bark and glossy dark green leaves. Pea shaped bi-coloured yellow/orange to red flowers. It is nitrogen fixing and noted for attracting wildlife. Hermaphroditic in nature it has both male and female organs.

Seed is contained in large pods up to 20cm in length with 3 -5 seeds in each pod. The chestnut-like seed is high in saponins, should be regarded as poisonous and not eaten. Aboriginal people have been reported as eating the seeds but only after careful preparation. Bark fibre was used for nets, baskets and traps.

Makes an awesome shade or feature tree. Good for stabilising riverbanks and preventing soil erosion. The timber is walnut-like, strong and durable, and useful for carving, cabinet making and general purpose. 



Castanospermum australe (Black Bean Tree) - 2 litre pot

Barcode 101004899872
Shipping Weight 1.5000kg

Castanospermum australe (Black Bean Tree) - 250mm pot

Barcode 101004899873
Shipping Weight 7.0000kg

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