Seed of the Week: Catalpa Tree

Ready to find out what the mystery seed of week 7 was?

It was the seed of the northern catalpa, Catalpa speciosa.

These trees have big, heart-shaped leaves.

They are often grown for their big showy flowers.

Here’s a better look:

I believe there are a few southern catalpas (Catalpa bignonioides) in Arizona, but the northern catalpas from the photographs above are from upstate New York and Pennsylvania.

We have a tree that belongs to the same family growing in our yard, but that will be for another time.


  1. Shirley Duke

    I haven’t seen catalpas in years. We used to have them in Dallas, but I haven’t seen them in so long.

  2. Roberta

    We had one in our yard when I was a child. Catalpas always remind me of home 🙂

  3. Annette Ehrlich

    We have a capalta tree it’s huge and verry beautiful.

  4. Roberta

    That is great to hear. The flowers are amazing.

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