Chinese Catalpa (Catalpa ovata)

C. kaempferi.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Chinese Catalpa
Catalpa ovata

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The stems are diuretic (strongly)[174, 218].

  • Edible Use

    Flowers and young pods – cooked[183]. They are boiled and washed[179]. (possibly in that order so as to remove any bitterness[K])

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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].
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].
E. Asia – C. China.

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