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  Southern Catalpa (Catawba)  
Common Name: Southern Catalpa (Catawba)
Latin Name: Catalpa bignonioides
Tree Size: Large
Leaf Type: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Rapid
Water Needs: Moderate
Tolerances: Drought, alkaline soils (pH > 7.5)
Attributes: showy or fragrant flower, attractive seeds or fruit
Features: Showy white to purple flowers in spring and early summer produce long slender fruits.
Comments: Tough tree for open areas away from walkways; catalpa worms are a prized fish bait.
Problems: Leaves may scorch during hot, dry periods; flowers, leaves, and fruit can be messy.
Firewise: Yes
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