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Cultural Details for Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'

Common Name:
Golden Southern Catalpa; Common Catalpa; Eastern Catalpa; Indian Cigar; Indian Bean

Growth Rate:
Medium-fast growth rate. Short, thick trunk; broadly rounded with irregular crown

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
White flowers in panicles 8-10" long and wide, mid-late May. Each flower has 2 ridges and numerous yellow and purple spots. C. bignoniodies Flowers later than C. speciosa and has more purple color

Fruit Details:
6-15" long cigar-shaped pods. Starts green, ripens to brown in fall and splits to release flat fringed seeds. End of seeds are tufted (C. speciosa is fringed).

Fall Color:
No significant fall color

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Suffers from numerous pests and disease including branch "die back" from which trees always recover, even if untreated, by growing whole new stems from the root crown. Caterpillars (commonly called the catawba worm) can defoliate but it will releaf.

Native Habitat:
Species native to the southern US Georgia to Florida and west to Mississippi. Inhabits wooded natural levees, banks and flood plains. Has become naturalized in areas north and east of its original range

Other Features:
‘Aurea' leaves are rich yellow

Culture and Care:
Prefers moist, well drained soils but is adaptable. Full sun to part shade. Zones 6-10

This plant was blooming:
6/3/2010 - 6/21/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.