|Grid reference||ST 17702 76799|
|Common name||Hybrid bean|
|Status||Wales Champion 2013|
|Height||19M November 2015|
|Girth||221cm November 2015|
This tree is towards the north of Old Mans Wood west.
General tree description
'J.C.Teas' is a cultivar of Catalpa x erubescens, which is a hybrid of the Indian bean tree (C. bignonioides) and Yellow catalpa (C. ovata). It is a medium-sized tree, growing to around 20 metres tall, and it has grey-brown bark with scaly ridges. The leaves are purple when unfolding but become deep green. They are very large - up to 35cm - and heart shaped, often equally long and broad. On older trees up to half the leaves may have small side-lobes. The flowers are like those of the Indian bean tree (fragrant, bell-shaped, white marked with orange and purple) but smaller and appearing in late July. The fruits are 40cm bean pods.
This tree is not common in Britain and is described in the Tree Register Handbook (2011) as "occasional in warm areas", where occasional means "individuals in many large gardens or towns but more generally absent".