Catalpa bignonioidesCatalpa bignonioides

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Catalpa bignonioides
  • PRONUNCIATION: ca-TAL-pa big-non-YOID-dees
  • COMMON NAME: Southern Catalpa
  • FAMILY: Bignoniaceae
  • NATIVITY: Matures in the mid-south region, along flood plains and low woods.
  • GROWTH HABIT: 30 to 40' (60') Broadly rounded crown
  • HARDINESS: Zone 5 - 9.
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Flood plains, low woods, thrives in wet-dry soil and part sun.
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS:  Successional
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Limited landscape value due to coarseness
  • FOLIAGE: - leaf arrangement, leaf scar Whorled or opposite,
  • simple leaves, purple-tinged when emerging.  Poor yellow in fall.
  • BUDS: Lateral-hemispherical, with brown scales, loosely overlapping
  • BARK: Grayish, thick, scaly bark.
  • FLOWER: - flower Flowers are white with purple stripes down the lobe.
  • FRUIT: 8-20” long capsules, fringed at the end, persisting into late fall and winter.  
  • PESTS: Leaf spots, powdery mildew, mealybug



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