Catalpa speciosa/Northern Catalpa

Catalpa speciosa / Catalpa speciosa
Specimen street tree in full bloom
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Specimen street tree in full bloom

Leaves and seed pods in autumn

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Scientific Name: Catalpa speciosa
Common Name: Northern Catalpa
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This species has brittle wood and is considered by some to be a weedy tree. It does have beautiful flowers in spring. Makes a good open lawn tree in parks and other public grounds. Heavy shade beneath the canopy of catalpa trees. This species tends to grow more upright with an irregular canopy than the regular catalpa. This one is quite common in midwestern landscapes.