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Catalpa speciosa
Catalpa speciosa
Common Name: Northern Catalpa
Northern Catalpa is a medium to large, deciduous tree that typically grows with an irregular, open-rounded to narrow-oval crown. It typically occurs along streams, bluff bases and in both low and upland woods.Large, broad oval to oblong leaves are light green to yellow green above and hairy below. Foliage turns an undistinguished yellow in fall. Flowers can be a real showstopper, however. Bell-shaped, orchid-like, white flowers (to 2" long) with purple and yellow inner spotting appear in panicles in late spring. Flowers are followed by long, slender, green seedpods (12-22" long). The seedpods mature in fall to dark brown and then split open lengthwise to release the seeds within. Seedpods give rise to the common name of cigar tree. Bark of mature trees is fissured, prominently ridged and pale gray-brown.
Height: 40-70 Feet
Spread: 35-50 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8