Catalpa bignonioides Aurea

sweetpea_path(Z8 WA maritime)October 31, 2009 for my husband's birthday, we planted this tree (he wanted one baaahhhd). The one we planted is only 2 feet tall, OMG!!! But it's "fast growing", he says. I found a very good description of this tree over at the Great Plant Picks website but I'd like some firsthand feedback - anyone grow/have/know something about this tree? Please, tell me more about it.

Many thanks,


Here is a link that might be useful: Catalpa bignonioides Aurea

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flowerfan2(z8/ WA)

I have one and it is a beautiful tree. The foliage and flowers are beautiful. I got mine from a mail order catalog so it was tiny. It is 9 years old and only 5' tall. It has grown slow for me. I have it in a crowed flower bed in front of an arborvitae hedge. It was always getting shaded out by the perennials and the cedar hedge made for dry growing conditions. I was planning on cutting it back every year, but it was always so small I never did. It's finally taller than the surrounding perennials and finally starting to grow. It flowered for the first time this year. The flowers look like impatiens. I am afraid to cut it back now as it took 9 years for it to get this big for me. Here is a close up of the flowers. Karen

    Bookmark   November 1, 2009 at 12:08AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

If you pollard it you won't get flowers. However, it's not a dwarf: one in Poland was 42' tall by 1973; another, in Port Coquitlam was 51' across in 1994.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2009 at 12:38PM
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