Attractive large spreading trees, mostly only suitable for the larger garden. One of the last trees to come into leaf in the UK. Attractive flowers in mid-summer when all other trees have finished flowering, followed by long fruits that resemble runner beans. They grow on most soils and are generally disease free.
Sizes below are after 20yrs.
Catalpa bignonioides (Indian Bean Tree)
Large spreading tree, large heart shaped leaves that are late to emerge, sometimes not even until June. Flowers appear in large clusters in the middle of July, being white flowers that have purple and yellow flecks, covering the whole tree, which is impressive against the large leaves. Followed by long bean like pods (not edible), hence the common name.
Ultimate height 15m (49ft), Spread 15m (49ft).
Catalpa bignonioides Aurea
This is a medium sized variety more suited to the smaller garden. Leaves same as above, but emerging yellow, then turning yellow-green in summer before turning yellow again in autumn. Flowers are white marked orange and purple in panicles, in July. This variety can be pruned to restrict it’s size, at the expense of the flowers. Often grown as a shrub, but ours are grafted onto a 1.8stem.
Ultimate height 5m (16ft), Spread 5m (16ft).
Catalpa fargesii duclouxii (Chinese Bean Tree)
A spectacular tree which has clusters of Foxglove like, lilac-pink to white flowers with reddish spots in July. The leaves are smaller than the above varieties, with a pointed tip. Ideally planted in a more sheltered spot.
Ultimate height 8m (16ft), Spread 8m (16ft).
For further details and pricing, please download our .PDF catalogue using the link below:-
Landford Catalogue 2019.pdf (.PDF file, 259 KB)