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The Northern Catalpa tree, Catalpa speciosa, is now naturalized in urban and rural areas and is primarily used today as a large ornamental shade tree. This tree is graced with large, showy white, trumpet-shaped flowers in late spring. The white flowers are on 4-8 inch long panicles.
Farmers introduced Northern Catalpa to Ohio in order to produce large amounts of relatively lightweight timber for fencepost since the wood is very resistant to rotting.
This deciduous tree is also known as Hardy Catalpa, Western Catalpa, Cigar Tree, and Catawba-Tree. It may reach heights of 70 feet tall and 40 feet wide.
As a member of the Bignonia Family, it is related to Trumpet Vine, Royal Paulownia, and other species of Catalpa, all of which are known for their showy flowers.
Very tolerant of tough conditions, it withstands wet, dry, alkaline soils and hot, dry environments, but prefers moist, deep soil; should be planted in sun or partial shade.
Northern Catalpa trees are very fast growing trees with large heart-shaped leaves. Its narrow crown is oval-shaped or uneven, and it has upright bright green leaves and long, bean-like pods.
What a site this tree becomes when the huge white flowers create a stunning contrast against the solid green background of foliage!
* Large shade tree
* Huge white flowers
|Mature Height||40 - 70 feet|
|Mature Spread||20 - 40 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun - Partial Sun|
|Flower Color||White, Purple Spots|
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