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Plant Details

Catalpa speciosa

Catawba Tree, Monkey Cigar Tree

Scientific Name:

Catalpa speciosa

Genus:

Catalpa

Species Epithet:

speciosa

Common Name:

Catawba Tree, Monkey Cigar Tree

Plant Type

Tree

Plant Family

Bignoniaceae (Bignonia Family)

Native/Alien:

US Native

Size:

36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Bottomlands and river banks (as a native), also escaped or persistent after cultivation, and sometimes thoroughly naturalized

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite, Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Sparse Mountains, Piedmont

Blooms

Blooms can appear different

image

Black Mountain, Mid-June 2002
© MB Baumeister

Bloom Close Up

image

Black Mountain, Mid-June 2002
© MB Baumeister

Seed Pods

AKA Monkey Cigars

image

Black Mountain, August 2002
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants
Duke Trees


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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