A type of flowering tree native to the eastern United States, known for its large leaves, showy flowers, and long, cigar-shaped seed pods.
Derived from the creek indian word "kutalpa", meaning "winged head".
- The catalpa tree is a popular ornamental tree for parks and gardens, due to its striking appearance and fast growth rate.
- Catalpas are deciduous trees, losing their leaves in the winter and producing large, trumpet-shaped flowers in the spring.
- The long, cigar-shaped seed pods of the catalpa tree are a distinguishing feature, often used in dried flower arrangements.
- Catalpa trees provide food and shelter for many species of birds, including the catalpa sphinx moth, which feeds on its leaves.
- In some areas, the wood of the catalpa tree is prized for its strength and durability, used for making furniture, fences, and even musical instruments.