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Indian Bean Tree

Catalpa bignonioides

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Bignoniaceae (Bignonias)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
White and bell-shaped with yellow markings and purple flecks.
Fruit:
Long seed pods that resemble cigars, hence it's alternative name of 'Cigar tree'.
Leaves:
Very large, pale green, heart-shaped leaves. Up to 25cm long and 15cm wide.
Maximum Size:
6 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
Not edible. In fact, the roots are very poisonous.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Leaves smell unappealing when bruised.
Other Names:
Catalpa, Cigar Tree, Southern Catalpa.
Habitats:
Gardens, parkland, woodland.