Catalpa – Indian bean tree

Catalpa bignonioides, the most usually planted Indian bean tree, forms a small to medium-sized tree of wide-spreading habit. The large, handsome leaves may grow up to 10 in. long and 8 in. wide while the conspicuous panicles of foxglove-like flowers, white with yellow and purple spots, appear towards late summer. After hot summers, the long cylindrical seed-pods are quite effective and remarkable. The catalpa thrives in any well-drained soil but should not be sited in an exposed position. A native of the eastern U.S.A., this is one of the most beautiful and desirable of all flowering trees. It has a striking variety, aurea, whose soft golden leaves maintain their colour throughout the summer and autumn. A fine lawn specimen.