Indian Bean Tree

Catalpa bignonioides, commonly known as the Southern Catalpa or Indian Bean Tree, is a deciduous tree known for its unique appearance and ornamental value. Native to the south-eastern United States, it has gained popularity as an ornamental tree in various regions.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and large, heart-shaped leaves. It produces large, trumpet-shaped white flowers in summer.


The Produce

These flowers give way to long, slender seed pods that resemble string beans, hence the name "Indian Bean Tree."


The Flowers

Produces large clusters of white, trumpet-shaped flowers with purple and yellow markings in summer.


The Leaves

These leaves can measure up to 12 inches (30 cm) in length and are arranged in an opposite pattern along the branches.


The Bark

The bark is gray and smooth when young, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including bees and other pollinators. The large leaves provide cover for small animals.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and large leaves. Often planted as a shade tree.


Fun Facts

The Indian Bean Tree is also known as the Catalpa, and its large, showy flowers make it a popular choice for ornamental planting.

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