Catalpa bignonioides at Cathays Cemetery

Catalpa bignonioides 0

Catalpa bignonioides
early June 2021

Catalpa bignonioides 1

Catalpa bignonioides
mid June 2021

Catalpa bignonioides 2

Catalpa bignonioides
late July 2021

Grid reference ST18041 78473
Common name Indian bean tree
Origin East USA
Deciduous Yes
Map section W
Height 11M June 2021
Girth 149cm June 2021
Reference 719

This tree is towards the south end of the cemetery, roughly in the centre and approximately 100M from the Fairoak Road boundary. In late June 2021 its largest leaves measured between 29 and 32cm long, and 19 to 21cm broad.

Catalpa bignonioides bark

Catalpa bignonioides bark
early June 2021

Catalpa bignonioides leaf1

Catalpa bignonioides leaves & new leaves
early June 2021

Catalpa bignonioides bud1

Catalpa bignonioides flower buds
early July 2021

Catalpa bignonioides bud2

Catalpa bignonioides flower buds
early July 2021

Catalpa bignonioides flower1

Catalpa bignonioides flowers
late July 2021

Catalpa bignonioides flower2

Catalpa bignonioides flowers
late July 2021

General tree description

This is a spreading medium-sized tree, native to the southern USA. It can grow to 18 metres in height, and has an irregular, broad crown. Leaves are pale green, broad-ovate in shape and up to 25cm in length. They can emit a somewhat unpleasant odour when bruised. Fragrant flowers appear in May-June. They are white marked with orange and purple, bell-shaped and 3-4cm in width. After flowering, seeds come in slender bean-like pods which mature to dark brown in autumn.