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Catalpa bignonioides

Southern Catalpa, Common Catalpa

Pronunciation
ca-TAL-pa big-non-YOID-dees
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Family
Genus
Nativity

Eastern US, Georgia south to Florida and west to Louisiana

Growth Habit

Broadly rounded crown

Hardiness
5
Culture

Flood plains, low woods, thrives in wet-dry soil and part sun.

Facultative Status
Upland
Landscape Use

Limited landscape value due to coarseness

Foliage

Bright green in summer. Whorled or opposite, simple leaves, purple-tinged when emerging. Poor yellow in fall. :Yellow-brown fall color

Buds

Buds are lateral-hemispherical, with brown scales, loosely overlapping

Bark

Grayish, thick, scaly bark.

Flower

White with yellow and purple spots.

Fruit

Green in summer. 8 to 20 inch long capsules, fringed at the end, persisting into late fall and winter. :Brown in fall through winter

Propagation

Seed.

Pests
Leaf spots, powdery mildew, mealybug.
Cultivars

'Koehnei' ('Aureomarginata') has a slow-growing, broad rounded form.

'Nana' is an old, dwarf, bushy form of French origin.

'Variegata' has cream-yellow leaves.

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