I fell in love with this tree when I first saw it growing in a National Trust garden. The large heart-shaped leaves with bundles of 'bean-pods' (up to 40cm long) hanging from the branches made it very eye-catching. What I wasn't aware of then, was that showy, fragrant white flowers preceded the 'bean-pods' in late summer.
This tree grows to 6m x 5m in 20 years, so it's more suitable for smaller gardens than a lot of trees.
Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Hardy when established - there is a row of Indian Bean Trees outside the Houses of Parliament, which are believed to have been planted in 1857. We recommend some protection in severe winters when very young however.
Common names: Catalpa, Indian Bean Tree, Eastern Catalpa, Southern Catalpa, Cigar tree, Smoking Bean Tree, Catawba
Supplied as a young tree in a 9 x 10cm pot.