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Indian Bean Tree

Catalpa bignonioides

  • ©'Dalgial', 2008
  • ©'Dalgial', 2008


Top-grafted small tree to 2-4m with large, lush, leaves and a rounded habit, suitable for restricted locations.


Tree locations and purpose
Front or back garden Yes
Driveway No
Narrow space No
Courtyard No
Screening No
Canopy for shading Yes
Planter box with irrigation No
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Yes
Tree locations and purpose
Family Bignoniaceae
Tree origin Exotic
Tree shape
Tree type
Tree size (at maturity) Large tree maturing to >15m
Minimum ground area (m²) 19
Canopy area (m² at maturity) 38
Average height (at maturity) 16
Average width (at maturity) 7
Spacing 8-12m
Star rating

This tree is on Council’s list of recommended species for planting in Merri-bek. 

We recommend you choose the right tree for your space, but when you have more than one tree to choose from, select the tree with the highest star rating.

The Tree Finder tool is one way Council is working to increase tree canopy across Merri-bek



Image in the top left is sourced from Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons license.

Image in the top right is sourced from Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons license.