Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’ Indian Bean

Description: Catalpa big 'Aurea' also known as Golden Indian Bean Tree has a low spreading habit with a domed crown. Large heart-shaped golden velvety leaves fade to green. Panicles of white flowers similar to Catalpa bignonioides although less profuse. There is also a more dwarf form Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea Nana’.

History: Catalpa bignonioides Aurea was introduced in the late 1870s and won the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Merit in 1974.

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 4m

Attributes

  • Deciduous
  • Flowering month: July
  • S Size: Small
  • Tree shape: Spreading
  • Leaf colour: Yellow
  • Award-winning
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Can be hard pruned
  • Prefers full sun

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