Catalpa bignon­ioides ‘Aurea’

NZ Gardener - - In Season -

With its wide, wel­come arms and showy cream flow­ers, the In­dian bean tree makes a clas­sic shade tree. How­ever, cop­piced to the ground each win­ter is the way to bring the leaves to di­nosaur pro­por­tions. I love the way the lower ones fade to lime, leav­ing the tops to shine bright­est. This is a show-off, so sur­round it with equally gutsy plant­ing such as the red-hot pok­ers and co­re­op­sis. (Leafland stock the green form – the golden form is harder to find.)

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