Catalpa bignoides Aurea - Golden Indian Bean Tree Standard - 170-180cm

Product ref: T23670

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Catalpa are wonderful trees, and 'aurea' is a fantastic form for both colour and being more compact than the species, therefore making it well suited to those with less space.

Forming a mop like canopy above its truck, the Catalpa bignoides Aurea, also known as the Indian Bean Tree, is perfect for smaller gardens where full-sized Catalpas could overwhelm, yes if you do have a larger space, it certainly won't be out of place either.

Catalpa was originally introduced to the UK in 1726 from the forests of the North American eastern seaboard, Aurea has large, golden, heart-shaped leaves that turn bright yellow in autumn. As an added bonus it also wards off gnats and flies. Flowers also appear that will later produce curious pods further down the season, aurea has the advantage of being a smaller cultivar and more compact in form than some.

The attractive large, heart-shaped leaves are an attractive bright gold until the autumn, when they turn buttery yellow. Catalpa Bignonioides Aurea forms a mophead, rounded crown, it will reach a full height of around 4 metres and spread of 3 metres in a period of about 25 years, yet can easily be maintained much smaller and more compact if required by pollarding and cutting back branches every few years. With a straight trunk and canopy of branches it takes up little space by foot print, so can be fitted into gardens with limited space. We recommend it is pruned back hard in early spring to maintain a rounded crown shape, or simply leave it to grow naturally and in to a more open habit in a less formal setting. Great for planting at the end of the garden if you are wanting a managable and moderate sized tree over time that can afford some shade.

Thriving in moist, well-drained soil in full sun, it also does really well in urban areas thanks to its tolerance of pollution, making it an ideal choice for small city gardens.

It is an excellent tree for planting in a mixed border, where spring-flowering plants and bulbs will get plenty of sun before the leaves emerge, and then providing some welcome shade in the hot summer months where people can avoid the heat of the day or species like hosta can thrive. In a formal garden setting, regularly clipped and rounded Catalpa Bignonioides Aurea will be an impressive addition, whether singly or in a group.

Supplied in a 7.5 litre containers. Strong young trees at approx. 170-180cm.


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