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Catalpa ovata - G.Don.

Common Name Chinese Catalpa
Family Bignoniaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open country and margins of woods to 2500 metres[109].
Range E. Asia - C. China.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Catalpa ovata Chinese Catalpa


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Summary

Bloom Color: White, Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Mid summer. Form: Oval.


Physical Characteristics

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Catalpa ovata is a deciduous Tree growing to 10 m (32ft 10in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

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Synonyms

C. kaempferi.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Seedpod
Edible Uses:

Flowers and young pods - cooked[183]. They are boiled and washed[179]. (possibly in that order so as to remove any bitterness[K])

Medicinal Uses

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Diuretic

The stems are diuretic (strongly)[174, 218].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Specimen. Prefers a good moist loamy soil and a sunny position that is not exposed[1, 11]. Tolerates heavy clay soils. Very resistant to atmospheric pollution[188]. Plants are hardy to about -15°c, probably more in continental climates[200], they grow best in areas with hot summers[188]. Protect plants from late frosts when they are young[200]. Transplants easily[200]. The flowers are very fragrant[245]. The bruised foliage has an aromatic fragrance[245]. The flowers are considered to be one of the best bee plants in Japan[245]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Special Features:Not North American native, Attractive flowers or blooms.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown outdoors, or in a cold frame, as soon as it is ripe[200]. Stratify stored seed for 3 weeks at 1°c and sow in spring[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Softwood cuttings, 10cm long, in a frame. They should be taken in late spring to early summer before the leaves are fully developed[200]. Root cuttings in winter[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Catalpa bignonioidesIndian Bean Tree, Southern catalpa02
Catalpa bungei 02
Catalpa speciosaShawnee Wood, Northern catalpa, Early Flowering Catalpa, Hardy Catalpa, Western Catalpa, Indian Ciga00

 

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