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Continual seasonal interest is what the Catalpa Tree is all about. In spring, frilly white flowers attract butterflies like mad, and in summer massive heart-shaped leaves are truly unique. In winter, the interesting trunk and canopy structure are apparent. It's super fast growing and provides good shade. Catalpa tree always has something interesting going on.

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Traffic-Stopping Blooms!

Catalpa trees produce thousands of huge, vibrant-white blooms in the spring.  In fact, they are well-known for consistently giving you a colorful show every year... anywhere in zones 4-8.

These fragrant flowers even attract all sorts of butterflies and birds. It is a beautiful site to see!

In the summer, the Catalpa's large, heart-shaped leaves offer cool shade for your home. 

Then, when the leaves fall in winter, more sunlight passes through, which can heat your home during the coldest months... when you need it most. Plus, these big leaves are quick and easy to clean up.

Tolerant & Easy to Grow

Catlapa Trees adapt to a wide variety of soils and are drought tolerant,

Full sun or partial shade is best for this deciduous tree.

A Very Fast Growing Flowering Shade Tree

Catalpa trees grow rapidly when young, then slow with maturity. Grows to 40-60 feet tall with a 20-40 foot spread.

Very Adaptable

Catalpas are really good urban trees. Their limbs are strong, and the height & spread of the branches make them ideal shade trees.








Growing Zones: 4-8

Mature Height: 40-60 ft.
Mature Width: 20-40 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Catalpa speciosa
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-8
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It's Easy to Plant your Catalpa Tree

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Catalpa Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Catalpa Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Catalpa Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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I grew up with this tree in the back yard of my parents home. (I now live there) It is a beautiful 50 ft. tree. It gets its leaves a lot later than the other trees, but when it does it's spectacular. The leaves are about 10"" across & in the shape of a heart. It gets really pretty white patunia shaped flowers. They do make a mess when they fall off but it's worth it. It also gets these skinny banana shaped things in the fall. When the leaves fall off at the end of the season they do make a pretty good mess too because they ae so big, but it's all worth it. I have people all the time asking me what kind of tree it is because it's so magnificant. You won't be disappointed in it
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December 31, 2012
I planted the tree last fall, and as of yet it still has no leaves and it has been fertilized and watered regularly. I will see what it does this next spring but I have been told it is probly dea
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Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Catalpa Tree can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.