Catalpa is a medium to large, deciduous tree that typically grows 40-70’ tall with an irregular, open to narrow oval canopy. Broad oblong leaves (12” long) are pointed at the tips and rounded to cordate at the bases. Leaves are light green to yellow green; foliage turns a golden yellow in Fall. Orchid like flowers on panicles (2” long) are white with purple and yellow spotted throat begin to appear in late spring. Flowers give way to long slender green seedpods (12-22” long). The seedpods mature in fall to dark brown which bare the resemblance of a thin cigars; giving the Catalpa it’s common name of cigar tree. Bark of mature trees is cracked with prominently pale grayish brown ridged.


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