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Catalpa bignonioides
Catalpa bignonioides
Catalpa bignonioides
Catalpa bignonioides
Catalpa bignonioides
Catalpa bignonioides
Catalpa bignonioides
Catalpa bignonioides
Catalpa bignonioides
Catalpa bignonioides

Catalpa bignonioides

A handsome specimen tree
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  • Masses of stunning, orchid-like flowers in summer.
  • Enormous pale green heart shaped leaves.
  • Unusual, bean shaped autumn fruits.
  • Low maintenance, easy to grow on pollution tolerant.
  • Supplied as an established tree in a 9cm pot, ready to plant.

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Item: 500225
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Also known as the Indian Bean Tree, Catalpa bignonioides is an incredibly handsome medium sized deciduous tree.

A beautiful specimen tree, the foliage is pale green with huge, broad heart shaped leaves that can be 30cm (1ft) long. In late summer panicles of large, exotic, orchid-like white flowers with splashes of maroon and orange appear, often numerous enough to cover the leaves. These are followed in autumn by long, thin, dark brown bean shaped fruits, hence the common name.

Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, for stunning displays for many years to come. Also recommended by the RHS as a 'Plant for Pollinators', the flowers are a favourite with butterflies and bees.

Growing to a height of 6m and spread of 5m in 20 years, and ultimately twice that size, Indian Bean trees cope well with pollution so they’re great for city gardens. Protect young trees from late spring frosts and choose a spot sheltered from strong winds which can shred the large leaves.

Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot.

What Is Supplied

Item 500225 supplied as:

Supplied as an established, single trunk in a 9cm pot.

This is a deciduous tree, so won't have leaves until spring, when new shoots will begin to grow.

Grows to H6m (20ft) x W5m (16ft) in 20 years.

Plant Care Information

RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
RHS Perfect Pollinators
RHS Perfect Pollinators
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

  • Place your tree in a sunny position away from strong winds.

Care Information


  • Plant in moist, well drained soil, but Catalpa will tolerate heavy clay.
  • Dig a square hole as deep at the plant roots and twice as wide.
  • Remove the tree from the pot and loosen the roots before placing into the planting hole.
  • Stake young trees as appropriate.


  • Indian Bean Trees do not require much regular pruning. Remove any weak or crossing branches and gradually remove the lowest branches to raise the canopy. They respond well to hard pruning, should you need to reduce the size of a mature tree.

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
1200 cm
800 cm
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