Purple Indian Bean Tree (Catalpa x erubescens Purpurea) Another exceptionally beautiful tree, the oversized leaves open deepest velvety purple and change through various shades of smokey purple and dark green as summer progresses. The white foxglove like flowers contrast perfectly in July and August.
These graceful deciduous trees have exceptionally large heart shaped leaves and distinctive panicles of white flowers that stand proudly above the foliage in late summer, often followed by the clusters of long slender seed pods from which the tree gets its name. For specimen planting (in a lawn for example) few trees are more deserving. Any reasonable soil as long as not waterlogged, not suitable for exposed sites as the large leaves tend to get damaged by wind.