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Catalpa bignonioides - Indian Bean Tree

Catalpa bignonioides is a stunning medium sized deciduous tree with a glorious spreading habit. This tree is late into leaf, but patience is rewarded by enormously broad, pale green leaves which can be as big as 30cm.

Panicles of white exotic bell shaped flowers splashed with orange and purple appear in late summer. The flowers are then followed by distinctive long, thin bean shaped fruits which hang on through autumn.

To add an extra splash of colour Catalpa bignonioides Aurea has brilliant yellow leaves. Both are available from Deepdale Trees as either a standard tree or multistem.

FACT: In spite of its common name 'Indian Bean Tree' this neither comes from India nor produces beans! Its origin are in the South Eastern United States.

Plant Profile

Name: Catalpa bignonioides

Common Name: Indian Bean Tree

Family: Bignoniaceae

Height: 15-18m

Demands: Tolerates most soils, avoid exposed windy sites.

Foliage: Very large (to 30cm) Pale green leaves.

Flower: White bell shaped flowers with purple/yellow splashes - late summer

Fruit: Large dark brown bean pods

Catalpa bignonioides info sheet

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