Southern Catalpa Tree

Southern Catalpa Tree

Southern Catalpa Tree Facts

Specific Name:   Catalpa bignonioides
Hardiness Zones:   5 to 9
Growth_Rate:   Rapid
Site Requirements:   Sun to partial shade; tolerates a range of soil types
Texture:   Coarse
Form:   Short
Height:   25 to 40'
Weight:   20 to 30
Leaf:   4 to 8" whorled or opposite, simple leaf; has an unpleasant odor when crushed; no significant fall color
Flower/Fruit:   6 to 12" panicle of white bell shaped flowers with two rows and ridges of yellow spots and numerous purple spots in early summer
Comments:    Caterpillars can defoliate but it will releaf; brittle wood; best used away from the house; long-lived, untidy tree; crooked branches; flowers later than C. speciosa and has more purple color
Habit:   Deciduous
Cultivars:   Aurea, Variegata, var. purpurea