- Showy white flowers that bloom in late spring
- Large, bright green heart-shaped leaves
- Fast-growing tree
- Unique twisting trunks and branches add to the ornamental value
- Hardy enough to withstand city conditions, but still add interest with blooms, shape
- 40' to 60' high with 30' spread
- Zones 4 to 8
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, HI
Zones 4 - 8
The Northern Catalpa can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Northern Catalpa falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
40' - 60' High
The Northern Catalpa grows to be 40' - 60' feet in height.
20' - 40' Spread
The Northern Catalpa has a spread of about 20' - 40' at full maturity.
Medium to Fast Growth
This tree grows at a medium to fast growth rate. [More about this.]
This catalpa does well in full sun, partial shade.
The Northern Catalpa grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
This catalpa has oval shape.
An excellent tree where fast growth is desired. Striking flowers that appear in early summer. Catalpas can withstand city conditions while adding interest to landscapes. Should not be planted where fruit and flowers can drop on sidewalks as they are slippery after they fall for a short period of time.
The flowers of the catalpa are visited by hummingbirds. It is the sole host of the catalpa sphinx moth. Produces nectar and/or pollen, thus providing nutrition for bees in early summer.
The Catalpa tree is found in forests from southern Illinois and Indiana to western Tennessee and Arkansas. First cultivated in 1754, the wood was used for fence posts and railroad ties because of its resistance to rot coupled with the fast growth rate of the tree. In the south, Catalpa trees are traditional sources of fish bait. Catalpa worms, the larvae of Catalpa Sphinx Moths, are eagerly sought in early summer by anglers. Common names for catalpa are many and colorful-cigar tree, Indian bean tree, catawba, caterpillar tree, hardy catalpa, western catalpa.
A wide range of moisture content can be tolerated including some flooding and extremely hot, dry conditions.
The leaves are simple, opposite, somewhat heart or spearhead shaped, 6"-12" long, 3"-8" wide, medium green in summer, yellow or brown in fall. Their shape and giant size long make them a favorite with children.
White, trumpet shaped, 2" flowers that flare widely from the base, decorated with yellow lines or patches and occasional purple spots. Slightly fragrant. Catalpa begins to flower after 7 years.
May - June..
The fruits are elongated cigar-shaped or bean-like pods, 8"-12" long, 1/4"-1/2" wide. They are green in color turning brownish filled with numerous, 1" long seeds fringed at the ends. A favorite of children's play and imagination. Northern catalpa begins to flower after 7 years, but will take until 10 years of age to begin to a produce quality seed crop.
Large, showy, white, trumpet-shaped flowers grace the Catalpa in late spring. Its narrow crown is uneven or oval-shaped, upright with distinctively large, heart-shaped, bright green leaves, and long, bean-like pods. Unique twisting trunks and branches are common feature and add to the ornamental value of the tree. Withstands wet, dry, alkaline soils and hot, dry environments, but prefers deep, moist soil. Sun or partial shade. Bee-friendly (acts as food source for bees while in bloom). Grows to 40'-60' with a 20'-40' spread. (Zones 4-8)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.