Catalpa bignonioides (Indian Bean Tree)

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Most Types

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Plant Details

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.



Photo 1: H. Zell, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Photo 2: Le.Loup.Gris, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.