Cricket Hill Garden
Catalpa erubescens, 'Purpurea' Hybrid Catalpa
Variety description: This hybrid between the North American native Catalpa bignonioides and the Chinese species C. ovata originated in France in the late 19th century. Large heart-shaped leaves emerge in the spring dark purple-black. As the season progresses, older leaves turn to a dark green.
This fast growing tree is best suited for larger spaces. If left to its own devices, this tree will grow into a majestic specimen, 40-50' tall with a 40-50' spread.
Size can be greatly reduced, to the size of a large shrub, with a hard annual prune in the early spring.
Height and Spread at Maturity: Dependent on pruning.
Site requirements: Full sun or part shade location. Prefers moist soils high in organic content, but will grow well in many soil types.
Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9.
Plant size: Grafted tree, 18-24" with strong central leader. Grown in a 4" x 9" tree tube.
When we ship: FALL 2022. Ordering for this plant will open in late spring 2022. If you would like an email notification for when this tree is back in stock, please sign up with the button below.