Catalpa tree-trees flowering in June

Catalpa (Catawba) tree is the last tree to grow leaves in the spring and now, in middle June, it is in full flower.
Catalpas, also known as Cigar trees are medium-sized deciduous trees growing to 12-18 meters (39-59 ft) tall and they have large heart-shaped leaves.
Catalpa (Catawba) treeThey are planted as ornamental trees in parks and roadsides having trumpet shaped flowers, white with yellow stripes and purple spots inside. The flowers grow in panicles of 10-30.
Catalpa flowersIn autumn they develop 20-50 centimeters (7.9-20 in) long bean pods, hence their nickname (Cigar tree). These fruits often stays attached to the tree during winter and even next year.
Catalpa bean podsThere are two species of catalpa, Southern Catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) and Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa), which are very much alike but the northern species has slightly larger leaves, flowers, and bean pods.

The flowers are very beautiful; here is a close-up of a catalpa flower:
Catalpa blossom-macro

9 comments:

Unknown said...

Beautiful tree and flowers.
Costas

Biana said...

Very Beautiful, elegant flower

Rose Garden Malevik said...

Thank You
Your blog is wonderful too :)
Have a nice evening
Håkan

Gemma Wiseman said...

Gorgeous, striking patterns on these flowers!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful blossoms on this tree - the detail on the petals is exquisite.

Joanne Olivieri said...

Those flowers are stunning and the last macro shot - magnificent.

Maude Lynn said...

Those flowers are gorgeous!

leavesnbloom said...

Maia I never realised how beautiful the flower was to this tree. I like its golden foliage too. Many years ago I decided that this tree wasn't for my garden but I never realised how beautiful the flowers would be.

Bagafarna said...

Beatiful trees. In my region I saw them in Botanical Garden in Cracow.

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