Catalpa bignonioides

Southern Catalpa, Indian Bean

These hardy, rapid-growing trees adapt to a wide range of situations, temperature extremes, various soils and varying amounts of moisture. In late spring or early summer they bloom in clusters of white flowers with two-toned markings. Long bean-like seed capsules called "Indian cigars" decorate the branches through winter. Dropping pods, blossoms, leaves and twigs create constant litter. USe in formal avenue plantings or singly on lawns, where they give a tropical effect. Plant where protected from wind. Shape while young, then shorten side branches of larger trees. Prune lower branches for a straight, smooth trunk.
Catalpa bignonioides, Southern Catalpa, Indian Bean
In early summer, this fast-growing, coarsely textured tree blooms in white flowers with yellow stripes. Resists oak root fungus. 'Aurea' has soft yellow leaves. Dwarf variety, 'Nana', never blooms.

Attributes - Catalpa bignonioides

Plant Type: Tree

Bloom Season: Mid Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: White, Yellow

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 30 ft. to 40 ft.

Width: 40 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Hot Climates, Wet Soil.

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