Catalpa bignonioides

Scientific name: Catalpa bignonioides

Synonym: Catalpa catalpa & Catalpa syringaefolia


Common names: “Indian bean tree” “Southern catalpa” “catawba” “Indian cigar” “smoking bean”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree


Zone: 5-9

Light: Full sun best – light shade

Exposure: Sheltered from strong wind

Soil: Fertile, will tolerate clay

Moisture: Moist well drained


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Plant Size: 30-70′ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Large pale green, broad-ovate heart shaped leavesImage result for catalpa bignonioides

Flower: Conical panicles of white flowers, marked with orange and purple, followed by long bean-like pods

Pruning: None required, cut back anytime, can be coppiced, prune to shape

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Specimen tree, roadside planting, pollard

Propagate: By seed, cuttings and grafting

Pests & Disease: Verticillium wilt

Comments: ~AGM winner , native to southeastern USA

Cultivars: ~AGM winner: C. b. ‘Aurea’ – golden bronze foliage

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