Catalpa speciosa

Northern Catalpa

Catalpa speciosa

Tips for Homeowners:

Important to remove any crossing branches or if there are multiple leaders it is best to promote only one.  Remove sucker growth and dead branches as they appear.

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A native tree with a myriad of character and beauty that is displayed with its flowers, large heart-shaped leaves, and attractive seed pods. To top it all off it is a fast grower!

  • White bell-shaped flowers with purple and orange
  • Distinctive bean-like seed pods
  • Oval shape

This ornamental, flowering tree is best used in large open areas due to its size.

Height: 40-70 ft
Spread: 20-40 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Northern Catalpa:

This is a tree with great beauty, especially in spring when leaves and flowers are emerging.  Later in the season it does have a tendency to reveal some wear due to summer storms and insect activity. It is a native tree and the beauty is great enough to warrant use in naturalizing situations and home landscapes.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Specimen
  • Fast Growing
  • Native
  • Naturalizing
  • Great Foliage
  • Attractive fruit
  • Drought Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water