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Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Spreading / Branched

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Orange, Purple and White in Summer

Foliage

Pale Green in Autumn and Summer
Yellow in Spring

Fruit

Dark Brown in Autumn and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

golden Indian bean tree

Family

Bignoniaceae


Catalpa are deciduous trees of spreading habit, with handsome, large leaves and erect panicles of showy, bell-shaped flowers in late summer, followed by persistent, slender bean-like seed capsules

'Aurea' is a spreading medium-sized deciduous tree with large ovate golden-yellow leaves becoming light yellow-green in summer. Flowers white, marked orange and purple, in conical panicles

Other common names

  • Indian bean tree 'Aurea'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a moist but well-drained, fertile soil in a sunny position; will tolerate a heavy clay soil. Shelter from strong winds as these may shred the large leaves. Protect from late spring frosts when young

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Susceptible to verticillium wilt