Northern Catalpa

Catalpa speciosa

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.

Plant This Tree

This tree is available through our residential planting program, RiverSmart Homes. You can also get up to $100 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.

Find Another Tree

All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.

Photo Credits

Greg Goebel, Alberto Salguero, Greg O’Beirne, Wendy Cutler, Jamain