Western or Northern Catalpa
Large, showy white, trumpet-shaped flowers bloom in late spring
followed by long bean shaped seed pods. Related to southern catalpa but growing larger and more tolerant of harsher weather conditions. Trees mature with a short, thick trunk with brown to gray coloring that develops a rugged aged look making it a unique specimen for bonsai culture. Leaves are heart shaped and bright green and develop before flower clusters open adding much contrast to the beauty of the blossoming tree.
The narrow crown is oval-shaped or uneven, upright with distinctively large, heart-shaped, bright green leaves and long, bean-like pods. Withstands wet, dry, alkaline soils and hot, dry environments, but prefers moist, deep soil. Sun or partial shade.
Catalpa comes from a Native American term catawba with the spelling catalpa being a transcription error from the botanist Scopoli
The bean-like seed pod is the origin of the names Indian bean tree and cigar tree
A late bloomer, putting forth great panicles of white flowers in June or early in July when the flowers of other trees have mostly faded
A single flower when fully expanded is two inches long and an inch and a half wide
A close relative of the Southern Catalpa
Catalpa is also occasionally used as a tonewood in guitars
Europeans first observed the tree growing in the fields of the Cherokee Native American tribes
This tree can flourish in the North as well as the South in zones 4-8
The genus was common in Europe during the Tertiary period and its fossil remains have been discovered in Miocene rocks of theYellowstone River
This species of Catalpa originally originated from Indiana to Arkansas
Catalpa speciosa Tree Seeds
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