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Catalpa bungei

Catalpa bungei (Dwarf southern catalpa)

is a medium sized wide fully hardy perennial deciduous tree with white and pink flowers in mid Summer, early Summer and late Spring. It grows well in direct sun, and prefers low levels of water. It has average drought tolerance.
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It looks best in Autumn and Summer.


Catalpa bungei grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5 (extremely acidic ranges from 0 to 5.1) to 8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to chalk, clay, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, peat, sandy clay, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils, and prefers high fertility.


This is a rounded tree has an ultimate height of 4.5m / 14.8ft and spread of 3.5m / 11.5ft. It can take 26-30 years to reach its ultimate height.


The leaves are green in Spring and Summer and green in Autumn. They are aristate in shape.


The plant prefers a sheltered situation.


A mild pleasant scent is emitted from the flower.


Architectural, flowering tree and low maintenance.

Fruit and seed

The fruit is green and the seed is brown. There is a high fruit/seed abundance beginning in Autumn and ending in Winter.


Propagation techniques include seed and cuttings.

-28°C / -18.4F 5 to 8 26-30 years 4.5m / 14.8ft 3.5m / 11.5ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Catalpa
Specific epithet ? bungei
Synonyms (other names) [Edit]
  • Catalpa bignonioides var. nana
Common names
Dwarf southern catalpa (Ireland)
IPNI details on Catalpa bungei
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