Castanospermum australe (Moreton Bay chestnut)

Castanospermum australe (Moreton Bay chestnut)


Pot: 12cm

Height: 35cm


This unusual house plant, Castanospermum australe, is native to coastal rainforests and beaches in the east of Australia and to the Pacific islands of Vanuatu and New Caledonia. It likes a sunny spot, although beware of leaf scorch if placed in direct sunlight. In the wild, it's a large evergreen tree growing up to 40m (130 feet) tall!


Jack's Beanstalk tree, as it is also known, is loved for its glossy leaves which can reach 60cm long in the wild. It can also produce orange/yellow pea-shaped flowers in summer if it is happy in its position. These flowers are borne in clusters and are naturally partially hidden by the foliage. Castanospermum australe makes an ideal indoor plant. It is sold with the ‘bean’ attached to its base. The ‘bean’ pod will naturally dry up and separate from the plant in several months and can be removed without any effect to the plant.


It can live outside in summer.

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