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Catalpa bignonioides (Indian Bean Tree)

Catalpa bignonioides (Indian Bean Tree)
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Type Tree, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Compact Rounded Tree, Architectural Form
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Catalpa bignonioides Description

This mop headed medium sized tree, with its huge golden yellow leaves and white summer flowers, makes an attractive specimen for the larger garden. Flowers are followed by 'bean' pods. 10m x 10m.

Catalpa bignonioides - Cultivation Notes

Catalpa will tolerate most soil types - being well suited to heavy clays. Generally a deep fertile soil is best. This tree is tender so avoid exposed cold areas - preferably plant in full sun in sheltered area. Prune dead wood in early spring.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Catalpa bignonioides:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Catalpa bignonioides

  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Catalpa bignonioides:

  • Provides extended interest with blossom, berries and autumn colour

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