The stunning flower of Catalpa bignonioides in detail
The stunning flower of Catalpa bignonioides in detail
The stunning white flower of Catalpa bignonioides in detail
The seed pods of Catalpa bignonioides in detail
Catalpa bignonioides on the row at Barcham Trees
Medium Indian Bean Tree, Cigar tree, Southern Catalpa from this batch

Catalpa bignonioides

Indian Bean Tree, Cigar tree, Southern Catalpa

Estimated fully grown height 7-12m

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Product Details

Catalpa bignonioides, also known as the Indian Bean Tree, was introduced from the South East US in 1726.

This tree is an interesting specimen that produces very large, bright green fleshy leaves late in the spring and an exotic, orchid like, trumpet shaped pink-white flower in midsummer.  It is one of the very last trees to come into leaf in the spring, so do beware not to panic if your tree is not showing too much signs of life when all other trees are well advanced!

In the autumn time, as the common name suggests, the Indian Bean Tree produces large, dark “beans” which are similar in look to vanilla pods.  These beans remain on the tree for most of the winter months, giving it a slightly angry looking appearance!

 Catalpa bignonioides will thrive on most soil conditions, however it is best avoided in windy or hard paved areas, as the fleshy leaves can become damaged if subjected to excessive wind or heat.

The Indian Bean Tree is a common garden favourite in the UK and whilst it can be produced as both a multi-stem or single trunk specimen.  At Barcham we favour the latter meaning our trees are well suited to planting in gardens where they develop well above head height, rather than taking up lateral space as the multi-stemmed versions can become very wide.  It is a useful garden tree, although is capable of growing to a reasonable height at maturity if it is not managed.


Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Broad, Rounded,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
Information flags
Good for bees,

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.