Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'

Indian bean tree

10 lt pot (1.5-1.8m)
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£79.99 Email me when in stock
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  • 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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Splendid mid-sized tree

By Blue Bear

from Hampshire

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  • Completely trouble-free
  • Interesting flowers
  • Lollipop shape
  • Striking large bright green leaves


  • Leaves appear very late in the spring
  • Leaves fall very early in autumn

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Comments about Crocus Catalpa bignonioides'Aurea':

I bought a Catalpa from Crocus years ago, I followed the planting instructions to the letter, and it took like a dream. It has grown into a gorgeous lollipop shape without any pruning, and is by far the loveliest tree in all the back gardens around here - all my neighbours agree. The big pyramids of white flowers are spectacular and last for a good while, in June-July. The huge leaves, yellow at first, mature to a light, bright green unlike any other tree, then turn yellow again in autumn. Sadly, even in our mellow Hampshire climate, the leaves are really late to come in the spring, and then the first ones to drop in the autumn - a good 2 months before oak trees, for example. All in all, a splendid tree after a good 10 years. It would benefit from something like an early-flowering clematis scrambling through it.

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  • Q:

    I am considering buying a catalpa. A friend has one, but it has never produced a bean!
    Does it need another one for some kind of cross pollination?
    Rosemary Wheeler.
    Asked on 13/9/2017 by redrosie from Somerset

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor



      These are self fertile but the golden form 'Aurea' does not produce its fruit as reliably as the species, and some of the plants will never go on to produce them - particularly if they are grown in colder regions where their season is quite short.

      Answered on 15/9/2017 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    Hi, Can you tell me how tall this half standard would get and how much it grows approximately a year.

    Many Thanks
    Asked on 23/4/2015 by countrygirl from Bagshot

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    • Plant Doctor



      This is a really difficult question to answer as the growth rate is largely determined by external factors such as the available water, light and nutrients. Having said that, these plants are relatively strong growers once they get established and in time can grow to 10m in height.

      Answered on 5/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • 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 22/7/2014 by Anon from Epsom

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      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 25/7/2014 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. Melanie
    Asked on 14/11/2009 by hannah berry

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    • 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 Doctor

      Answered on 16/11/2009 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, Geoffrey
    Asked on 28/9/2009 by Anonymous

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    • A:

      Hello Geoffrey, If you click on the following link it will take you to the few tress we sell that have yellow foliage 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 Doctor

      Answered on 28/9/2009 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 27/2/2005 by Yvonne Tennant

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    • A:

      The height of the half-standard Catalpa (Indian Bean Tree) in a 7.5lt pot would be approximately 1 meter tall.

      Answered on 28/2/2005 by Crocus
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