Catalpa speciosa

Common name: Catalpa

Native plant

Catalpa is one of the few large trees that actually puts on one heck of a flower display in late May. At a distance, it may look like the tree is covered in pure white blossoms, but on closer inspection you will see the spectacular yellow streaks and purple spots that line the throat. One of the fastest growing plants we carry. I planted a couple in my yard that were seeds in 1988 and are now 60 feet tall! Catalpa like full sun and have shown adaptability to almost any site and soil condition, even though it is native to southern Illinois. Once used as fence posts by pioneers because the wood rots very slowly.


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Woodies- Standard Tree
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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
40 Feet
Mature width
30 Feet
Max height
70 Feet
Max width
60 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Great for Screening/Border Plantings Great Shade Tree

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