Northern Catalpa Tree

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Northern Catalpa Tree (Catalpa speciosa)

A common sight on farmsteads of the Midwest, and certainly not without merit because of its inherent toughness and adaptability.  This is a larger shade tree, that also flowers, which makes it somewhat unique.  The flowers are fragrant and attract wildlife and pollinators.  Branches and trunks can twist over time, making this a truly unique tree.

Mature Height: 40′-60′

Mature Spread: 20′- 40′

Zone: 4

Sunlight: Full sun

Soil Preference: Tolerant to a wide variety of soils, can handle dry or poor soils as well as wet periodic flooding.

Nurseryman’s Notes: A native to the Midwest, with large green leaves.  Moderate to fast growth rate (12″-24″ per year) with yellow-green fall color. Few pest or disease problems and tolerant of tough planting sites.  White flowers in large clusters set this variety apart.  Typically flowers in late May to early June.  This variety does produce seed pods, so may be better planted in an area where pick up isn’t important.

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