Catalpa speciosa

Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Categories: Flowering/Ornamental Trees

Broad ovate to ovate-oblong leaves (to 12” long) are pointed at the tips and rounded to cordate at the bases. Leaves are light green to yellow green above and densely pubescent below. Foliage turns an undistinguished yellow in fall.

More About Catalpa speciosa

  • very many intersting features to this tree
  • Fast growing and requiring plenty of space

Flowers can be a real showstopper. Bell-shaped, orchid-like white flowers (to 2” long) with purple and yellow inner spotting appear in panicles in late spring (late May to early June in St. Louis). Flowers give way to long slender green seedpods (12-22” long). The seedpods mature in fall to dark brown and then split open lengthwise to release the seeds within.

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40-70 ft


20-35 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Catalpa speciosa Characteristics


  • Specimen


  • Does best in full sun

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Fall Color

  • Yellow

Flower Color

  • White


  • Vase-like
  • Upright