Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group at Cathays Cemetery

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group 0

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group
early June 2018

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group 1

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group
early September 2018

Grid reference ST 18076 78343
Common name Farges' catalpa
Common name Chinese bean tree
Common name Chinese catalpa
Alternative name Catalpa fargesii
Origin China
Deciduous Yes
Status Rare
Status Glamorgan Champion 2018
Map section Y
Height 9M June 2018
Girth 97cm @ 1M June 2018
Reference 565

This tree is beside the Fairoak Road Railings, about 100M from the library.

The typical length of the beans on this particular tree in 2018 was roughly 67cm. In November 2020 the length of nine typical beans was 55, 39, 68, 58, 30, 30, 45, 44 and 49cms

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group bark

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group bark
June 2017

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group leaf1

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group leaf
early June 2018

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group flower1

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group flowers
early June 2018

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group flower2

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group buds
early June 2018

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group flower3

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group flowers
early June 2018

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group flower4

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group flowers
early June 2018

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group seed

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group beans
early September 2018

General tree description

Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group is an upright, medium sized tree, up to around 20 metres tall. It has grey-brown bark with shallow ridges. The leaves are about 12 by 10cm, broadly ovate, slightly heart-shaped at the base and pointed at the tip. They are tinged bronze in spring, becoming mid-green, shiny above and white and downy beneath. In late spring or early summer there are spectacular bell-shaped flowers in dense clusters of up to fifteen individual flowers. Each flower is about 4cm long and almost as wide, pale pink, with red-brown spots and yellow staining at the throat. The flowers are followed in late summer by slender bean-like seed capsules up to 45cm long.