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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.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

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

Catalpa ovata Chinese Catalpa


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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 Jul to August, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are 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.

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.
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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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
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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