Catalpa speciosa (Warder ex Barney) Engelm.
Bignoniaceae
Catalpa speciosa.jpg (30260 octets)
Deciduous tree up to 15-25 m high in the wild. Leaves ovate, 10-40 cm long, 6-20 cm wide, dull green and glabrous above, paler and densely pubescent beneath. Apex long pointed, base rounded, slightly cordate or truncate. Inflorescences in terminal panicles about 15-20 cm long. Flowers 5-6 cm long, white with 2 orange strips and purple spots inside. Flowering in June, just before C. bignonioides. Fruit in a dark brown capsule, cigar-like, 20-45 cm long. Hardy.

Home: Central USA

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Cultivated: France and germany

Author: Frédéric Tournay

Ethnobotanical aspects of Catalpa speciosa by Plants for a future database

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