Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'
Indian bean tree
- Position: full sun, sheltered from strong winds
- Soil: moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to August
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: large butter yellow leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A beautiful, spreading tree with massive, heart-shaped bright yellow leaves which are bronze when young. In mid- to late summer, tall panicles of white flowers appear, usually followed by slender pods. This is a medium to large deciduous tree that is best grown as a specimen in a lawn to fully appreciate its beauty.
- Garden care: Protect young plants from frost in very cold weather since unripened wood is susceptible to frost damage. Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.
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Q:When can I prune my catalpa - I want to keep it a fairly small tree? Can I prune it back a lot?Asked on 7/22/2014 by Anon from Epsom
Catalpa respond well to hard pruning and are good for pollarding. Any pruning you do undertake should be carried out when the plant is completely dormant from autumn to the end of winter.Answered on 7/25/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:When do I plant the seeds from my Indian Bean tree?
Hello, I have two Indian Bean trees (Catalpa) in my garden and one of them has seed pods. Can you tell me how and when I should plant the seeds? Thank you very much. MelanieAsked on 11/14/2009 by hannah berry
A:Hello Melanie, The seeds can be sown now into seedbeds or pots and kept in a sheltered spot, or collect the seed and store them at room temperature in dry, sealed plastic bags and sow in early to mid spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/16/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Large Yellow Leaved and Deciduous Tree please...
Dear Team, My large magnificent Robinia pseudoacacia has died and I read in the Hilliers newsletter that I am not alone. I need to fill the gap with something substantial, impressive and yellow, but I am advised, naturally, not to repeat with another Robinia pseudoacacia for fear of the same disease. I am impressed with your Catalpa big. 'Aurea'. Before I finalise the decision however, have you any other suggestions, please? Regards, GeoffreyAsked on 9/28/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello Geoffrey, If you click on the following link it will take you to the few tress we sell that have yellow foliage http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/plcid.7/vid.48/ I'm afraid though the best replacement will be determined by what might have killed your Robinia as some other plants may be susceptible too. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/28/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:How big is the Indian Bean Tree?
Could you please let me know how big the above item is in a 7.5ltr pot half standard?Asked on 2/27/2005 by Yvonne Tennant
A:The height of the half-standard Catalpa (Indian Bean Tree) in a 7.5lt pot would be approximately 1 meter tall.Answered on 2/28/2005 by Crocus
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