Scientific NameCatalpa speciosa
Other Common Names:
The nothern catalpa tree is a deciduous tree that can grow to reach 40m tall.
The leaves of northern catalpa tree are opposite and in some instances whorled. They are 1-3dm long and equally as wide. Leaves taper to a point and have smooth leaf margins.
The bark of the northern catalpa tree is brown and fissured. Younger branches have prominent white raised tissue.
Flower Seed Head
Panicles can reach 1-3dm long with the calyx being 6-9mm long. The flower petals are white with yellow lines and purple spots. Flowers are 4cm in diameter.
Seeds are flat and wing shaped 3-4cm long.
Found along roadsides, low woodlands and waste places.
woody bush or tree
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
Stem Cross Section
round or oval