Bean mystery

DAY 215 (6 NOVEMBER) – Cigar tree (Catalpa bignonioides) (Farnham)

The first thing I noticed about this tree was its huge leaves. Then these bizarre long bean-like fruits. The ID site I use was very confident that here is a cigar tree (also known as an Indian-bean), native to the SE United States but growing happily here in a Surrey shopping street in November. Hmmm. And it supposedly prefers full sun. Well it must have had a bad day today.

Anyway many of the enormous leaves do look as though they’ve been singed with a cigar – or perhaps it’s just the effect of late autumn?

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