Northern Catalpa

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Catalpa speciosa

Height: 40-70ft
Spread: 20-50ft
Zone: 4-8
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Growth Rate: Fast
Bloom Time/Color: May-June; white
Fall Color: Yellow/brown/green
Uses: Specimen, shade tree, park tree, rain garden
Maintenance: Medium
Tree Shape: Irregular, oval
Other: Native, fragrant, deer resistant

Northern catalpa is a United States native and is identified in the landscape by its large presence. Large heart shaped leaves cover the tree throughout the growing season and eventually turn yellow/brown before falling off. The most unique feature of catalpas however are the large, fragrant, white bell-shaped flowers (with purple/yellow speckling) that appear in late spring and completely cover the tree making it a site to see from a distance. Once the flowers fade, large, slender green seed pods appear (once every two to three years) and persist into fall. Ridged gray-brown bark adds interest to the landscape as well. Northern catalpa prefer moist/wet conditions in full sun to part shade, however are quite tolerant of poor soils, flooding, clay soils, and drought. Deer resistant.

Extra Information

Design Ideas/Themes:
Parks, Shade Tree, Rain Gardens
Native Habitat:
South Central United States

Warranty Information

Deciduous trees are guaranteed for one full year* from date of purchase. For more detailed warranty information, please visit our warranty and returns page.

*Items marked clearance or that are more than 30% off of their original price do not qualify for warranty coverage.