Catalpa bignonioides Walter

Southern Catalpa, Indian Bean

Cultivar Aurea

Cultivar Aurea


Family: Bignoniaceae

Genus: Catalpa

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 40' tall, 30' wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Leaves whorled or opposite, to 8", malodorous when crushed. Flowers in panicles of white, bell-shaped in summer. Coarse form, short thick trunk with irregular crown.


'Aurea' - golden yellow leaves becoming light yellow-green in summer, white flowers marked orange and purple in panicles, RHS Award of Garden Merit, 1993.


Native from Florida to New England.

Published in Fl. Carol. (Walter) 64 in 1788.

Synonum Bignonia catalpa L. - Lectotype = "Bignonia Urucu foliis flore sordide albo, intus maculis purpureis & luteis asperso, siliqua longissima & angustissima" in Catesby's Natural History Volume I Plate 49.

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