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Catalpa speciosa

Common Name(s):
Northern catalpa
Categories:
Native Plants, Trees
Comment:

Rounded crown; spreading branches; blackish fall foliage; coarse leaves; brittle wood; considered by many to be a weedy tree

Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement

Seed: Bean-like capsule

Height:
40-70 ft.
Flower:
Upright panicle of white, bell-shaped flowers with orange stripes and purple spots and stripes; long, bean-like fruit
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types (wet, dry) but prefers moist, well-drained soil
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Narrow, open, irregular, rounded crown; spreading branches
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
Fruit:
Upright cluster of white flowers with orange strips and purple spots and strips; long bean like fruit
Width:
20-40 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to fast
Leaf:
6-12 in. whorled or opposite, simple leaf; poor yellow-green to brown fall color
Tags:
play, playground, deciduous, children’s garden

NCCES plant id: 453

Catalpa speciosa flower habit
Clivid, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Catalpa speciosa flower
Wendy Culter, CC BY - 2.0
Catalpa speciosa Catalpa speciosa
Lisa Brown, CC BY-NC-2.0
Catalpa speciosa Catalpa speciosa
Bruce Kirchoff, CC BY-NC-2.0
Catalpa speciosa Catalpa speciosa
Bruce Kirchoff, CC BY-NC-2.0