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Catalpa bignonioides

Common Name(s):
Southern catalpa
Cultivar(s):
Aurea , nana , Variegata, var. purpurea
Categories:
Native Plants, Trees
Comment:

Caterpillars can defoliate but it will releaf; brittle wood; large leaves have an unpleasant odor when crushed; best used away from the house; long-lived; untidy tree; crooked branches; coarse texture; flowers later than C. speciosa and has more purple color.

Height:
25-50 ft.
Flower:
6-12 in. panicle of white, bell-shaped flowers with two rows and ridges of yellow spots and numerous purple spots in early summer. Favorite of
Zones:
5-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; tolerates a range of soil types. Great choice for low moist spots or dry areas with poor soil.
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Short, thick trunk; broadly rounded with irregular crown
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; tolerates moist soil
Width:
20-40 ft.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Leaf:
Large, heartshaped slightly pubecent, 4-8 in. whorled or opposite, simple leaf; has an unpleasant odor when crushed; no significant fall color.
Tags:
shade tree, showy flowers, deciduous

NCCES plant id: 452

Catalpa bignonioides Catalpa bignonioides bloom detail
Catalpa bignonioides Catalpa bignonioides in bloom
Catalpa bignonioides Pods
Piers Nye, CC BY-NC-2.0
Catalpa bignonioides Catalpa bignonioides growth habit
Tauralbus, CC BY - 2.0
Catalpa bignonioides Catalpa bignonioides
Alex Lomas, CC BY - 2.0