Plant of the Week: Northern Catalpa
By: Christina Timm
This fast-growing tree offers large heart-shaped leaves, white blooms come June, and hanging seed pods creating a ‘raining’ look. This tree can grow anywhere from 13” to 24” per year. It has the unique quality of developing twisted branches and trunk. Although, it is not expected to begin blooming for about 7 years after planted, when it does bloom it is enjoyed by hummingbirds. This tree is the sole host of the catalpa sphinx moth. The flowers and seed pods produced by this tree can be slippery and should not be planted near sidewalks. This tree does require cleanup after it is done blooming and sheds its pods.
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Light: Full sun
Size: 35-40’ tall X 50-60’ wide
Special Features: Blooms in June with showy white flowers that attract hummingbirds.