Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'

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

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Medium-fast growth rate. Short, thick trunk; broadly rounded with irregular crown
Mature Height - 23-40'
Mature Width - 20-30'
Longevity - n/a

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - 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 - 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).
Leaf - Large tropical-looking, heart-shaped leaves up to 8" long; opposite (often in a whorl). Unpleasant odor when crushed. 'Aurea' has sunshine-bright yellow-green leaves.
Fall Color - No significant fall color
Bark - n/a
Other Features - ‘Aurea' leaves are rich yellow
Possible Use - Ornamental, accent, specimen, or shade tree.
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Prefers moist, well drained soils but is adaptable. Full sun to part shade. Zones 6-10
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
Diseases and Insects - 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.
Strength -
Weakness - Brittle wood; best used away from the house

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Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Catalpa.
- Other plants of the family Bignoniaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Catalpa.
- Other plants of the species Catalpa bignonioides.