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CATALPA bungei

Image of Catalpa bungei

Family

Bignoniaceae

Botanical Name

CATALPA bungei

Plant Common Name

Manchurian Catalpa

General Description

Manchurian catalpa is a small, spreading, deciduous tree native to northern China. Leaves are triangular, toothed and dark green. Fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers produced in terminal cluster are rose-pink to white with yellow and purple markings. The flowers appear in summer. Manchurian catalpa produces long, bean-like fruit pods in the fall which can be somewhat messy.

Manchurian catalpa does well in moist, well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. This species requires pruning while young to shape and form strong branch attachments. Plant catalpa so it is protected from strong winds. Manchurian catalpa makes an interesting specimen tree in particularly in urban areas as it is very tolerant to pollution.

Characteristics

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Purple, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes