Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)

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1-2' $6.49$4.33$2.16$1.08$0.86
2-3' *spring only* $7.57$5.41$3.24$1.62$1.35


Latin: Catalpa speciosa

Zones: 4-8

Other common names: Cigar tree, Caterpillar tree, Hardy catalpa, Western catalpa, Indian Bean Tree, Catawba

Mature Height/spread: 40–60' height and a spread of 20–40' at maturity. 

Soil / Climate:  Full sun and partial shade are best. The northern catalpa can grow in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained, wet and clay soils. A wide range of moisture conditions can be tolerated. Some flooding and extremely hot, dry conditions can also be tolerated.

Notes: Catalpa usually flowers (large trumpet-shaped, showy and fragant usually in May and June) after seven years of growth. The Catalpa can also develop a twisted trunk. Hear or spear shaped leaves are 12" long and 4-8" wide. The Catalpa tree has green bean-like seed pods that are 8-20" long and 1/4 - 1/2" wide that turn brown as they ripen filled with 1" long fringed seeds. Requires clean up.

Wildlife: Draws hummingbirds, Catalpa Sphinx Moth and bees.

Cold Stream Farm supplies Northern Catalpa trees which are grown as bare root seedlings and transplants and sold both wholeseal and retail with no minimum order.
Additional information on Catalpa speciosa can be found on the link: USDA / NRCS PLANTS Database.
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