Organic Southern Catalpa Tree Seeds - Large Clusters of Showy White Flowers, and Long, Bean-like Fruit.

Organic Southern Catalpa Tree Seeds - Large Clusters of Showy White Flowers, and Long, Bean-like Fruit.

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Southern Catalpa
Catalpa bignonioides
Magnolia Catalpa, Gentlemen’s Catalpa, Worm Tree, Fishing Tree, Fisherman’s Flower Tree, Catawba Tree
Description: Short-trunked tree with broad, rounded crown of spreading branches, large, heart-shaped leaves, large clusters of showy white flowers, and long, bean-like fruit.
Height: 50' (15 m).
Diameter: 2' (0.6 m).
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 unpleasant 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 roadsides and clearings.
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 SW. Georgia, NW. Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi; widely naturalized from S. New England south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Michigan; at 100-5000' (30-1520 m).
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.
Usage: Spectacular spring flowers and beautiful bright green foliage make the catalpa one of the South's most distinctive and best loved native trees. Used as an ornamental, accent, specimen (especially 'Aurea'), or shade tree. It is a valued ornamental tree with large foliage and showy clusters of flowers in the spring. When grown as a specimen many gardeners drastically cut back the large branches of their catalpas each winter. This radical surgery is called pollarding and the result is a tree with a thick trunk, very compact crown and very large beautiful foliage.
Features: This tree has been widely planted and naturalized outside its native range because it is the host plant for a caterpillar commonly called the Catawba worm. These are a popular fishing bait for southern freshwater fish known as bream. All across the American Deep South the catalpa tree is seen, often stripped bare of it's leaves by hungry caterpillars. This means only one thing - it's time to go fishing! The foliage is quickly replaced in a few weeks and the cycle can be repeated several times in a season

Materials: 25 Organic Southern Catalpa Tree Seeds