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Northern Catalpa

Catalpa speciosa

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.064 W94 53.000

Trail Number:
G4

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Description

Family:
Bignoniaceae

Foliage:
Leaves whorled (three at a node), simple, heart-shaped, 10 inches long and 8 inches wide.

Native Locale:
Southern Illinois and Indiana to western Tennessee and northern Arkansas

Mature Height:
40 to 100 feet

Mature Width:
20 to 40 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 4 to 8(9)

Soil Preference:
Very tolerant of different soil conditions, prefers deep, moist, fertile soil; withstands wet and dry and alkaline soil

Growth Habit:
Tree with narrow, open, irregular, oval crown; can be quite striking in winter with bold rugged outline

Rate of Growth:
Medium to Fast, 15' over 7 to 8 year period

Disease and Insect:
Leaf spots, powdery mildew, Verticillium wilt, twig blight, root rot, cornstock mealybug, catalpa midge and catalpa sphinx

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Flowers: White, 2-inch tubular blooms form into 9-12 inch-long brown seed capsules.
  • Branches give off an unpleasant smell when crushed. it is a messy tree but can tolerate extremely hot, dry conditions.
  • Catalpa is a Creek Indian name.

Photos

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