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Catalpa bignonioides ( Nana catalpa )

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Catalpa bignonioides
( Nana catalpa )

The cultivar, 'Nana' has a rounded habit but does not often flower. C. bignonioides has coarse foliage, conspicuous flowers and wide-spreading growth habit. Leaves are medium green, broadly ovate with heart-shaped bases to 10 inches long. Flowers are white, marked with yellow and purple brown, borne in upright panicles 8 to 12 inches tall, almost orchid-like in appearance. Wood can be brittle, so locate where this will not be a problem. The name Indian Bean comes from plant's long, cigar or bean-shaped fruit. Able to withstand adverse sites.

How to Grow this Plant:


Size:Height: 6 ft. to 6 ft.
Width: 5 ft. to 5 ft.  
Plant Category:landscape, perennials, trees,  
Plant Characteristics:decorative berries or fruit, low maintenance, seed start,  
Foliage Characteristics:medium leaves, deciduous, evergreen,  
Foliage Color:green,  
Flower Characteristics:long lasting, unusual,  
Flower Color:whites,  
Tolerances:deer, heat & humidity,  
Flowering Time Range:Mid Summer to Late Summer  
USDA Hardiness Zone:5 to 9  
AHS Heat Zone:Not defined for this plant  
Light Range:Part Sun to Full Sun  
pH Range:5.5 to 7.5  
Soil Range:Mostly Sand to Clay Loam  
Water Range:Normal to Moist  

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