Catalpa x erubescens Purpurea

Purple Hybrid Catalpa

A purple-leaved hybrid of the Indian bean tree and a related species, Catalpa x erubescens Purpurea is a medium-sized deciduous tree with a spreading habit. The big, heart-shaped leaves emerge very dark purple, turning dark green with a purple flush over the summer. Big, open panicles, 12”/30cm tall, of creamy-white foxglove-like flowers with purple and orange markings appear in late summer, and are followed by long, slender seed capsules which persist into winter. A good tree for pollinators. Purple hybrid catalpa holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Site: Sheltered
Soil: Any light but moist well drained soil
Position: Full sun
Season of interest: Spring to autumn
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: eventually over 40’ (12m) Spread: 26’ (8m)
Type | Size: Pot | 7.5L
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