Indian Bean Tree

Latin Name : Catalpa bignonioides

The Indian Bean Tree is a medium size tree that does well in any well drained soil. Care should also be taken to place it in a fairly sheltered position to protect its very large leaves from being shredded by the wind.

The tree is quite late in flowering, putting on a show in older trees in July and August.

It’s white Foxglove-like flowers have yellow and purple markings that give way to long bean pods.

There are of course cultivars of this tree, popular ones being ‘Nana’ which is a smaller rounded bush, ‘Variegata’ which has a white or creamy-white variegated leaf, and ‘Aurea’ which is illustrated below.