Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Catalpa

A lightening strike couldn't bring this mighty Catalpa down.
 It remains sturdy and strong.

 Description
Mostly deciduous trees, they typically grow to 12–18 metres (39–59 ft) tall and 6–12 metres (20–39 ft) wide. A 10-year-old sapling will stand about 6 metres (20 ft) tall. They can be recognized by their large, heart-shaped to three-lobed leaves, showy white or yellow flowers in broad panicles, and during the autumn by their 20–50 centimetres (7.9–19.7 in) long fruits, which resemble a slender bean pod, containing numerous small flat seeds, each seed having two thin wings to aid in wind dispersal. Because of the leaves, they are sometimes confused with the tung tree (Vernicia fordii) in the southern U.S., or the invasive Paulownia tomentosa imported from China.
Due to their large leaf size, catalpas are a popular habitat for many birds, providing them good shelter from rain and wind. These trees have few limb droppage, but drop large dark-brown bean pods during late summer. The wood of catalpas is quite soft.
 
 
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6 comments:

  1. We have several Catalpas in our neighborhood. Used to have more, but sadly, some people cut them down because they don't like the "mess" of the pods that they shed. They are gorgeous and the flowers in the spring shed and turn our street into a colorful place. Nature is so amazing and I am glad that this tree survived the lighting strike ... Great choice, Gayle :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  2. Oh how I love this big old tree! Great info on it. Loved seeing the catalpas in Alabama!

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  3. That is a wonderful tree Gayle... I love the " beans" they put out in the spring.

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  4. Fabulous old tree. Let's hope it survives many more years and all sorts of weather.

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  5. What a great old tree, I love the middle shot! Have a happy day!

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  6. I love the great and old trees !
    Wonderful photo !
    my post

    Greetings from Germany

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