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Catalpa × erubescens ‘Purpurea’

Hybrid catalpa

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsJune & September
  • Height10m
  • Growth HabitHemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourWhite marked yellow purple
  • Leaf ColourPurple
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Catalpa × erubescens ‘Purpurea’ (Hybrid catalpa). Purpurea has unfurling 3in (8 cm) leaves and shoots of deepest purple, becoming the more usual light green as they mature.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Bean tree

Origin

E.Asia & N.America

Interest and use

Specimen with bold leaves.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilChalky
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.5
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will prefer full sun with deep fertile, well drained but not too dry soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the autumn, and the cultivars by softwood cuttings in the summer or by budding in late summer.

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