Western Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)

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A large tree, the Western Catalpa grows 40 to 60 feet or more in height.

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Blossoms in spring are tropical in appearance, resembling orchids.

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Leaves are dark green, large and heart-shaped. Fall color is briefly yellow, then dull brown. Seed pods resemble beans.

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Seed pods last into winter.

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Bark is ridged and furrowed.

Photographs courtesy of Judy Sedbrook.

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