About This Plant

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. This tree typically grows to heights of 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 meters) with a spreading canopy.

The Story


The Indian Bean Tree is characterised by its large, heart-shaped leaves that contribute to the tree’s tropical appearance. These leaves can measure up to 12 inches (30 cm) in length and are arranged in an opposite pattern along the branches.


In late spring to early summer, the Southern Catalpa produces clusters of fragrant, trumpet-shaped white flowers with purple and yellow markings. These flowers give way to long, slender seed pods that resemble string beans, hence the name “Indian Bean Tree.”
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