A showy medium-sized shade tree often known as “cigar trees,” catalpas are typically planted for its springtime show of large, white, orchid-shaped flowers from which develop slender, long green seedpods that darken and drop in fall. At home in most soils and moisture regimes, the catalpa is a tough urban tree.
Size and Light Requirements
Catalpas will thrive in full sun to partial shade, and may attain 40 feet in height in 30 to 50 years.
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All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, D.C.