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Northern Catalpa

A northern catalpa Leaves and flower of a northern catalpa Seed pods of a northern catalpa
A northern catalpa
G. Lumis
Leaves and flower of a northern catalpa
G. Lumis
Seed pods of a northern catalpa
G. Lumis

Scientific Name: Catalpa speciosa

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8
Height: 50 ft
Spread: 30 ft
Form: irregular
Type: deciduous tree
Annual Growth Rate: more than 18 inches
Flowers: White

Comments
This short-lived, coarse-textured tree tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. Growth is rapid at first but slows down with age. The main ornamental feature is panicles of flowers produced in early summer. These are white with yellow and purple markings. The fruit is a long pod that can be a litter problem.

Text provided by Michigan State University Extension