Catalpa erubescens 'Purpurea'
Description: This small deciduous tree has a slightly spreading form producing large, heart-shaped leaves which, when young, are a deep glossy purple, turning to shades of dark-green and chocolatey-purple as they mature. Unlike some other catalpa varieties, it produces a foxglove-like cluster of flowers even at a young age. The creamy white flowers feature purple and orange markings and are followed by long seed pods. Contrasts well with Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’.
Catalpa Growing Tips: Grow in a moist but well-drained, fertile soil in sun or part shade. Shelter from strong winds as these may shred the large leaves. Protect from late spring frosts when young. Hard prune every winter to increase leaf size.
Height and Spread (after 10 years): 5m x 5m