Catalpas are among the few hardy deciduous trees that can compete in flower and leaf with subtropical species. Large, upright clusters of trumpet-shaped, 2-in. wide flowers are pure white, with stripes and markings in yellow and soft brown. These are displayed in late spring and summer above large, bold, heart-shaped leaves. Flowers are followed by long, bean-shaped seed capsules sometimes called “Indian beans.“Catalpa speciosa
Native to central U.S., this tree grows 40 to 60 ft. tall, 20 to 40 ft. wide. Heart-shaped leaves are 6 to 12 in. long and odorless when crushed. Fewer flowers per cluster than for C. bignonioides.
Bred by Judge Logan, a Scott transplanted to California, in the late 1800’s. Probably a hybrid o...
Native to the Eastern and Southern United States. Can climb 10–20 ft. tall but shrubby if not gi...
Native Europe to central Asia. This weedy, rhizomatous plant is grown for its sweet-scented foliage (u...