|C. ovata is a chinese catalpa and is generally smaller in stature than Southern catalpa, rarely more than thirty feet in height, the flowers are brilliantly colored with orange and violet on a pale yellow to ivory backround.Coarse foliage, conspicuous flowers and wide-spreading growth habit. Leaves are medium green, broadly ovate with heart-shaped bases to 10 inches long. Flowers are white, marked with yellow and purple brown, borne in upright panicles 8 to 12 inches tall, almost orchid-like in appearance. Wood can be brittle, so locate where this will not be a problem. The name Indian Bean comes from plant's long, cigar or bean-shaped fruit. Able to withstand adverse sites.