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Golden Catalpa Tree Seeds - 25 Count


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Golden Catalpa Tree Seeds
Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'

Gold Catalpa, Golden Catalpa, Aurea Catalpa, Kings Catalpa

Description: A beautiful, distinctly mop-headed, small tree with large heart shaped golden leaves and panicles of white flowers with yellow and purple markings in midsummer. It is hardy and famously pollution tolerant but the splendid foliage is reduced to tatters in very windy situations. It will grow in a sheltered spot in cold Northern areas and is worth growing just for the foliage, but here it will only flower in hot summers.  At maturity the Golden Catalpa 'Aurea' is noted for its low-hanging branches that spread from the tree's crown. In this open, irregular-rounded form, it increases in spread more than height. The lifespan of 90+ years is complimented with drought tolerance and adaptability packaged as a golden specimen for the landscape. A sunny exposure with well-drained soil is considered optimal for the Catalpa tree. It will also withstand poor soil and pollution.
Bark:  The bark remains thin as the tree grows and turns a light brown-gray color.
Foliage:  The 4 - 10 inch long, 3 - 6 inch wide leaves are heart-shaped or round ovate. They have a rare golden 'Aurea' color, during the summer that is only surpassed by the large flowers panicles. The leaves drop off in the fall.
Flowers:  The flowers, which have an unpleasant odor, grow in large erect terminal panicles. Each true flower is bell-shaped, white in color, with yellow-gold stripes in the center, attached to a panicle. Blooms form from mid to late May.
Fruit:  The 8 - 10 inch long seed pods are extremely long, cylindrical or circular. These pods contain fringed seeds that persist into late fall and winter.
Habitat: Moist valley soils by streams; naturalized in open areas such as roadsides and clearings.
Germination:  Germination is achieved at an almost 98 percent success rate.  Standard potting techniques allow this tree to be propagated by the most novice gardener.  If wishing to plant in the wild, cover with soil at a depth of ¼ inch and saturate with water then water regularly for the fist few weeks.
Range: Original range uncertain; native apparently from SW. Indiana to NE. Arkansas; widely naturalized in se. United States; at 200-500' (61-152 m).
History: This tree is a native of the southern United States, but is cultivated as an ornamental tree and frequently naturalized in the northern states.  It belongs to the natural order Bignoniaceae, and, except a western states species, the Catalpa speciosa of Warder, is the only indigenous species of Catalpa, although others are found in Asia and the West Indies.  The tree is called "cigar-tree," or "bean-tree," names derived from the slender fruit.  The fruit and seeds have also been used.



  • Model: CATALPA-GLDN-25
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 32532 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: N.E. Growers Assn.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 22 October, 2015.

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