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Catalpa bignonioides (Southern Catalpa or Indian Bean Tree)

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Catalpa bignonioides (Southern Catalpa or Indian Bean Tree)

Catalpa bignonoides, the Indian bean tree, is a native of the southeastern US growing to around 18m. It has large leaves like the Foxglove Tree but is in leaf by the time it flowers. Bizarrely, these leaves secrete nectar, and their size means Catalpa bignonoides should be planted in a sheltered spot. The trees prefers full sun, however. They enjoy a range of soil conditions including heavy clay. Catalpa's large white flowers are followed by thin, bean like pods - hence bean tree. Catalpa bignonoides is recommended for bees by The British Beekeepers' Association.

Size: 125 cm
Flowers: June - July
Soil type: Moist, well drained soils
Catalpa supplier : R.V.Roger
We supply Indian bean trees bare root, and they are consequently only available from October to April.

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  • Ultimate Height


  • Ultimate Spread


  • Time to Ultimate Height

    Up to 50 years


  • Type

    Clay, loam, sand, chalk

  • pH

    Neutral, acid, alkaline


  • Position


  • Sunlight

    Full sun