Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'
  • Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'
  • Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'
  • Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'
  • Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' - young leaves in early summer

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'

£32.00

(Indian Bean Tree) Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' is an uncommon flowering tree with fetching, large, chocolate-purple young leaves that turn to dark green as they age.

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An uncommon flowering tree with fetching, large, chocolate-purple young leaves that turn to dark green as they age. Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' flowers freely even as a young plant, with masses creamy white flowers, flecked with yellow and dark brown in late summer.

After a hot summer, long hanging seed pods appear which can remain on the tree for long after the leaves fall.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Fertile, well drained soil.
  • Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. This Catalpa requires a sheltered position in Northern parts of the U.K. and grows best when planted in a position protected from strong winds.
  • Flowering Period: June - July.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' grows to be a small branching tree with a rounded crown.
    • Height: up to 10 m (32 ft)
    • Spread: 8 - 10 m
  • Notes: Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' is notably resistant to honey fungus!

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
Mature Size
Tree - Medium (20 - 50 ft tall), Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall), Grass - Large (over 6 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Dry / Sandy
Special Features
Flowering Season - Summer (June - August), Leaf Colour - Purple/Red, Honey Fungus Resistant, Good for Wildlife (Insects including bees & butterflies)

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