Northern Catalpa


  • Native to Michigan
  • Very showy in spring with large groups of white flowers
  • Large, heart-shaped leaves
  • Distinctive, large “bean-pod” fruits retained into fall
  • Deer tolerant
  • Seedling height: 18″-24″

Height: 40ft-70ft
Spread: 20ft-50ft
Water Needs: Medium to Wet
Soil Needs: Sand, Loam, Clay
Growth Rate: Moderate-Fast

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Northern Catalpa
Description Northern catalpa (Catalpa speciosa), also known as the cigar tree, is a deciduous tree. It is known for its showy flowers and long bean pods. Its large leaves are heart-shaped and its flowers are white and bell-shaped. Northern catalpa is deer tolerant and attracts pollinators.
Height 40 – 70 ft.
Spread 20 – 50 ft.
Growth rate Moderate-fast
Sun Part shade
Water use Low
Soil Rich, moist soils
Bloom & Fruit
Bloom time April – June
Bloom color White
Fruit type Capsule
Edible/Inedible Inedible
Nativeness Native
Benefits Ornamental, good for wildlife, showy flowers, deer resistant
Climate Change Hardiness Unknown adaptability

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