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Catalpa bignonioides Tree

Indian Bean Trees

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

This is a stunning specimen tree, ideal to use in a lawn or wide border as a feature tree, reaching an estimated height and spread of 6 x 5 metres in 20 years. It has large, pale-green, heart-shaped leaves (up to 25cm across) that are complimented by profuse quantities of showy panicles of orchid-type flowers in late summer. The flowers are predominantly white with orange and purple markings on the throat, often fragrant, and are followed by slender bean like pods (up to 40cm long) which can persist into winter.

It is a deciduous tree with a spreading shape and can be coppiced to grow as a multi stem. Young trees need to be protected from frosts so a sheltered position is best, this will also prevent the very large leaves being torn. Catalpa Bignonioides appreciate a sunny spot and any well-drained, moist soil. Indian bean trees cope well with pollution making them a good choice for city gardens - there's a row of mature specimens, believed to have been planted in 1857, outside the Houses of Parliament. This tree has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.


AKA Common Catalpa, Eastern Catalpa, Indian Cigar, Smoking Bean Tree, Catawba, Southern Catalpa

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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an email (sales@ornamental-trees.co.uk).

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

 

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

 

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Catalpa Bignonioides trees

When planting Catalpa trees, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown Indian Bean trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Indian Bean trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Catalpa Bignonioides trees

Catalpa trees do not require too much regular pruning. Removing any weak or wayward branches will help to tidy up the frame, whilst pruning lower branches will aid in raising the canopy. Although it is not necessary, Indian bean trees take well to hard pruning. If you wish to, you can hard prune in autumn to winter which will encourage fresh, fast growth in spring. This is great if you inherit an established catalpa tree that has not been well looked after.

Catalpa bignonioides Tree (Indian Bean Trees) Description

  • Common name: Indian bean tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer
  • Foliage: Pale green foliage throughout spring and summer that falls in autumn, white flowers with orange and purple tints appearing in summer
  • Soil: Suited to most but grows particularly well in moist, well-drained soils