Catalpa × erubescens 'Purpurea'
purple hybrid catalpa
'Purpurea' is a medium-sized deciduous tree. Young shoots and opening leaves blackish-purple, the leaves later dark green. Flowers 3cm, white with orange and purple markings, in large open panicle
Other common nameshybrid catalpa 'Purpurea'
SynonymsCatalpa bignonioides 'Purpurea'
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Ultimate heightHigher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height20–50 years
Ultimate spreadWider than 8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Summer||Orange Purple White||Green|
- Full sun
East–facing or South–facing or North–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
Catalpa are deciduous trees of spreading habit, with handsome, large leaves and erect panicles of showy, bell-shaped flowers in late summer, followed by persistent, slender bean-like seed capsules
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in a moist but well-drained, fertile soil in a sunny position. Shelter from strong winds as these may shred the large leaves. Protect from late spring frosts when young
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Generally pest free
Susceptible to verticillium wilt
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