Pigeon Pea

Cajanus cajan

Pigeon Pea that is being grown in the biodome at Daleys nursery shows it flowering

A woody, fast growing leguminous shrub, to 3.6 m, with yellow and red flowers. It is hardy, widely adaptable and tolerant of temperatures as high as 35C. It can be killed by heavy frost. The seeds are 25% protein, can be eaten fresh or as split dried peas, are used for dhal in India, contain 5 times more Vitamin A and C than green peas. The leaves and young shoots can be eaten cooked, they are fibrous and have a strong spicy odour. Animal Fodder; an excellent feed for cattle, pigs and poultry. Green Manure; incorporate the plants as they flower. Mulch production; can be cut many times in a season. Windbreaks; suitable as a shelter belt around vegetable gardens and plants provide nitrogen, habitat and soil stabilisation. Permaculture - plant on west side of newly planted trees to provide wind and sun shelter and a ready source of mulch. Prune back to control growth and use as mulch on your young tree.
Other Names: Pidgeon

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Specifications of Pigeon Pea

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest First Year

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)


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Pigeon Pea Reviews & Tips

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★★★★★ 6months ago

Cairns, Qld, Australia

Pigeon Pea

Easy to grow, easily 4 metres high in good conditions. I trim off lower branches and plant veg underneath which love the available nitrogen

josh jackson
★★★★★ 1y ago

Lockyer waters, Qld, Australia

Pigeon Pea

Wonderfully tough tree, beautiful pea pods like velvet , stunningly odd yellow and red flowers, quick growing and healthy, must have for every garden.

★★★★★ 2y ago


Fast growing; edible peas (dahl); good nitrogen fixing properties; chickens love the leaves and seed pods.

Mohan Udiavar
5y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Pigeon Pea

Rhizobium is required for fixing Nitrogen and productivity

★★★ 5y ago


Growing for mulch and peas, hoping to get some peas soon.

★★★★★ 5y ago

RUNCORN, QLD, Australia

Loving these trees! I started with one, but I chucked some seed about, and I've a few more in strategic places, now, and would like a few more. While they are great for a prolific food provider, and the leaves make excellent compost additions, what I r...

★★★★ 6y ago


I want this plant for several reasons: as a hegde across the front of the yard to screen off the road, improve soil structure, nitrogen for young fruit trees and shade from the summer sun for my permaculture garden. I'm also keen to try a new fruit/veg

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