Indian Bean Tree (Catalpa bignonioides)

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The Indian Bean Tree (Catalpa bignonioides) is a large deciduous tree native to south eastern USA. Its large broad leaves (up to 20 cm across) are green on top and fuzzy below. Leaves produce a funky smell when bruised. The fragrant flowers are very attractive, in large upright clusters, of many frilly white flowers with yellow and purple blotches. These are followed by narrow pods.

• Uses: ornamental tree, shade tree, specimen tree, avenue tree, street tree
• Size: 12 metres high depending on conditions
• Flowering: late spring to early summer
• Tolerances: seasonal flooding
• Features: showy clusters of flowers


Reference Lord, E. E. and Willis, J. H. (1982) Shrubs and trees for Australian gardens (5th End). Lothian Publishing Company, Melbourne.