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Northern Catalpa
Catalpa speciosa

This species, native to the Midwestern United States and introduced into Canada, is also called Catawba Tree, Cigar Tree, Indian Bean, or Western Catalpa. The green leaves fall from the branches in autumn before changing color and the fruits are long, thin, bean-like pods that resemble brown icicles. The soft, light wood of this species is excellent for carving.

Habitat:Sun to partial shade, streambanks and moist areas but has naturalized in many other habitats.
Growth Habit:Deciduous, moderate- to fast-growing tree, up to 21.3 m in height with open crown.
Bloom Time:May-June.
Longevity:60 years.
Presence in US:AL AR CT DC GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MD MA MI MN MO MS NC ND NE NH NM NY OH OK PA SC SD TN TX UT VA WI WV
Presence in Canada:ON
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