Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'

Indian bean tree

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful new growth



Skill level


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Plant details

Although known as the Indian bean tree, this handsome species comes from hot areas of Central America and, while not tender, is best grown in very warm sheltered spots to protect its large ornamental leaves from cold winds. It will flower and fruit more impressively in a long hot summer. The golden form 'Aurea', even more sensitive to cold winds, is a fine sight early in the season when its 30cm (12in) diameter leaves are a soft golden yellow, although they are almost completely green by the time the flowers appear. Plant where it is shaded from the mid-day sun. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Bignoniaceae

Genus: Catalpa

Species: bignonioides

Cultivar: Aurea

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful new growth

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 900cm

Spread: 900cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Flowering period: July to August

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