Organic Haitian Catalpa Tree Seeds -  Large Clusters of Showy White Flowers

Organic Haitian Catalpa Tree Seeds - Large Clusters of Showy White Flowers

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Haitian Catalpa
Catalpa longissima
Haitian Catalpa; Domingo Wood Tree,Bois Chene; Chene; Chene Noir; Chene d'amerique; St. Domingo Oak; Spanish Oak; Jamaican Oak; Mast Wood; Yoke Wood, Mastwood, Yokewood, Shipwood Tree
Description: Tall-trunked tree with broad, rounded crown of spreading branches large clusters of showy white flowers, and long, beanlike fruit.
Height: 90' .
Diameter: 3' .
Leaves: 3 at a node (whorled) and opposite; 5-10" (13-25 cm) long, 4-7" (10-18 cm) wide. Ovate, abruptly long-pointed at tip, notched at base; without teeth. Dull green above, paler and covered with soft hairs beneath; turning blackish in autumn. With pleasant odor when crushed. Slender leafstalk 3 1/2-6" (9-15 cm) long.
Bark: Brownish-gray; scaly.
Twigs: Green, turning brown; stout, hairless or nearly so.
Flowers: 1 1/2" (4 cm) long and wide; with bell-shaped corolla of 5 unequal rounded fringed lobes, white with 2 orange stripes and many purple spots and stripes inside; slightly fragrant; in upright branched clusters to 10" (25 cm) long and wide; in late spring.
Fruit: 6-12" (15-30 cm) long, 5/16-3/8" (8-10 mm) in diameter; narrow, cylindrical, dark brown capsule; cigar like, thin-walled, splitting into 2 parts; many flat light brown seeds with 2 papery wings; maturing in autumn, remaining attached in winter.
Form: Short, thick trunk; broadly rounded with irregular crown
Habitat: Moist soils in open areas such as hillsides, lowlands, ponds, etc.
Comments: Caterpillars cannot defoliate it; strong wood; best used for show planting; long-lived, tidy tree; bent to crooked branches; flowers later than C. speciosa and has much more purple color
Range: Original range uncertain; probably native in Dominica, and is very rare and not naturalized in the USA.
Benefits: Tall tree from the West Indies where the hard wood is used for Ship masts, spars, and other long application.
Wood: The wood is similar for both North American species. The sapwood is gray, while the heartwood is a grayish brown, tinged with lavvelox. The wood has an aromatic odor and no characteristic taste. It is ring porous, straight grained, light and soft. It can be easily confused with ash, in which it shares the same strength and durability as characteristics.
Discussion: Catalpa is the American Indian name, while the scientific name refers to a related vine with flowers of similar shape. Planted as a shade tree and an ornamental for the abundant showy flowers, cigar like pods, and coarse foliage.

Materials: 25 Organic Haitian Catalpa Tree Seeds