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My pride and joy in the garden this week - Catalpa bignonoides 'aurea'

This is a discussion on My pride and joy in the garden this week - Catalpa bignonoides 'aurea' within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Probably only hardy in UK in a very small part of the country. Has big ...

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    Default My pride and joy in the garden this week - Catalpa bignonoides 'aurea'

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    Probably only hardy in UK in a very small part of the country. Has big leaves of course - up to 8 inches across at the top of the tree, so transpires a lot of water. Often it suffers and drops its leaves, or some, but this year I have a cunning plan ; I run my RO machine and colect the good water for my orchids, and collect the "bad" water first for my dahlias and a few other choice plants, then let the overflow run to the base of this (Indian Bean Tree , is the popular name) and kit keeps it going. Such a sight, and such wonderful flowers too .
    The lower branches sag, in the summer , which is common to man y things, so it gets an annual prune to keep walking height below it. But nice now when the flowers are eye level.

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    Nice tree and chair to sit in and enjoy it!

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    Always liked this one. Hardy in my area

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    Stunning plant, and the sitting area is about the same!

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    We call it the “cigar tree” around here, after the seed pods. I’ve always admired them but people don’t seem to plant them very often.

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    The biggest use of catalpas (aka Catawba) in the southeast US is for gathering the sphinx moth caterpillars that live on them, as they are excellent fish bait.

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    Beautiful tree. I like the huge leaves and light green coloring. The blooms are an added bonus to enjoy.

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