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    Northern Catalpa: Rarely Unnoticed

    By James R. Fazio | November 7, 2017

    Catalpa speciosa Catalpa is a hard tree to overlook. Trumpet-shaped flowers herald its awakening for the summer and are soon followed by some of the largest leaves in the northern hemisphere. Elephant ears would not be too far off the mark for their description. Finally come the seed pods — bean-like in shape draping the tree like green tinsel. There are two key species of catalpa in the United States — southern and northern catalpa. Originally, southern catalpa was more…

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    Northern Catalpa: The Attention Grabber

    The northern catalpa is a tree full of unique character. From its trumpet shaped flowers—sharing a resemblance to elephant ears—to its cigar-like pods that drape on the tree like tinsel, to the foot long…

    By Sheereen Othman | February 23, 2016