Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' #1 at Cathays Cemetery

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Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'
early June 2021

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' 1

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'
mid June 2021

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' 2

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'
late July 2021

Grid reference ST 18149 78484
Common name Purple hybrid bean tree
Common name Hybrid catalpa 'Purpurea'
Alternative name Catalpa bignonioides 'Purpurea'
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Status Rare
Map section U
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 9M June 2021
Girth 124cm June 2021
Girth 128cm August 2021
Reference 717

This tree is towards the south end, near the Fairoak Road boundary.

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' bark

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' bark
early June 2021

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' leaf1

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' leaves
early June 2021

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' leaf2

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' leaves
early June 2021

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' flower1

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' flowers
late July 2021

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' flower2

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' flowers
late July 2021

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' flower3

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' flowers
late July 2021

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' bean1

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' purple beans
early September 2021

General tree description for Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' is a cultivar of Catalpa x erubescens, itself a hybrid of the Indian bean tree (C. bignonioides) and Yellow catalpa (C. ovata). 'Purpurea' is is a medium-sized tree distinguished by its very dark purple young leaves. These gradually become dark green as they mature but they remain darker than the type, and they retain purple stalks and purplish veins. The flowers are 3cm across, and white with orange and purple markings.

General tree description for Catalpa x erubescens 'J.C.Teas'

'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".