Golden Indian Bean Tree

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Golden Indian Bean Treet - Catalpa bignonioides Aurea

Latin name: Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’

Description: Handsome, exotic looking tree that can grow to a substantial size, up to 25m with time, or it can be pollarded to keep to a more manageable size with bigger leaves. The yellow leaved form ‘Aurea’ is most delightful and much smaller in stature with a height and spread of 15m and 2m when pollarded yearly. Having golden yellow leaves, it looks very dramatic against a dark blue summer sky. There is another form ‘Variegata’ which has green leaves with creamy-white markings that turn green with maturity.

Hardiness: -15C and lower

Height: 15m and 2m when pollarded yearly

Position: Full sun

Soil: Well drained, moist, rich soil

Water: Fairly drought resistant once established

Usage: Excellent as an accent plant that stands out from other planting. Best pollard yearly in a smaller garden, where you can enjoy its stunning foliage more closely.

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