|Grid reference||ST 18076 78343|
|Common name||Farges' catalpa|
|Common name||Chinese bean tree|
|Common name||Chinese catalpa|
|Alternative name||Catalpa fargesii|
|Status||Glamorgan Champion 2018|
|Height||9M June 2018|
|Girth||97cm @ 1M June 2018|
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
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.