Northern Catalpa

Northern Catalpa Catalpa speciosa

Average Shipping Height: 2' - 3'
Item #1043
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  • Bare Root
    2' - 3'
    Member Price $8.98
    Reg. Price $13.50
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The Northern Catalpa grows in zones 4-8.

This is a tree that demands your attention. White, showy flowers. Giant heart-shaped leaves. Dangling bean-like seed pods. Twisting trunk and branches. How could you not stop to take it in? While not ideal for every location, this unique and hardy tree is a fast grower that finds a home in parks and yards throughout the country.

  • Produces showy white flowers in late spring and unique, bean-like seed pods in the fall
  • Features large, heart-shaped leaves that are bright green in color
  • Can develop a unique twisting trunk and branches
  • Grows quickly
  • Is hardy enough to withstand city conditions but still add visual interest
  • Will be delivered at a height of 2'–3'

Your Tree’s Personality

Mature Height


Mature Spread


Growth Rate

Medium to Fast



Sun Preference

Full Sun, Partial Shade,

Soil Preference

Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Drought-tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Rich, Sandy, Well-drained, Wet,

Wildlife Value

The flowers of the catalpa are visited by hummingbirds. It is the sole host of the catalpa sphinx moth. And it provides nutrition for bees in early summer.


The catalpa tree is found in forests from southern Illinois and Indiana to western Tennessee and Arkansas. First cultivated in 1754, the wood was used for fence posts and railroad ties because of its resistance to rot and the tree’s fast growth rate. Common names for this tree are many and colorful—including cigar tree, Indian bean tree, catawba, caterpillar tree, hardy catalpa and western catalpa.

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