Catalpa × erubescens 'Purpurea'
Common name: 
Purple Catalpa
ka-TAL-pa e-ru-BES-enz
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous tree, to 50 ft (15 m) tall, equal spread.  Leaves 25-40 cm, often with 3-shallow, tapered lobes, dark blackish purple when young, maturing to dark green.  Flowers white, marked with yellow and purple, in upright clusters 30 cm tall.  Fruit (pods) slender, 40 cm long.
  • Sun and partial shade.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5     C. × erubescens (Hybrid Catalpa) is a hybrid of C. bignoniodes × C. ovata, apparently it first originated in France in 1866, but the hybrid has occurred at other places and times.  C. × e. ‘Purpurea’ is the most common hybrid cultivar, there is some controversy as to its origin, but it may have been introduced before 1886 by T. Meehan's nursery in Germantown, PA.
  • Aurora, Oregon: Oregon State Univ., North Willamette Research and Extension Center
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • expanding leaves, July

    expanding leaves, July

  • leaves, August

    leaves, August

  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

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    plant habit and leaves, fruiting