Beautiful and distinctly mop-headed, golden-leaved tree which can be found growing in the wild in Southern North America and parts of Central America. The leaves are large, soft, heart-shaped and golden-yellow, with the new foliage being flushed with purple.
When established this Catalpa will produce attractive panicles of white flowers with yellow and purple markings in a warm year. A colourful garden tree with eye-catching leaves!
Supplied Size: 4L/5L containers (40 - 60 cm tall)
Position: Full sun.
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.
Flower Colour: White with occasional yellow and purple markings
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Small tree with a branching, rounded crown once established.
Height: 8 m (26 ft)
Spread:6 m (20 ft)
Notes: This Catalpa will grow in partial shade, but the leaves will be a lime green in colour rather than gold.
The Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea' in our woodland gardens (taken in September 2010).