Huge pyramidal clusters (up to 10" tall) of big fragrant white flowers with yellow and purple accents from May to June are a sight to behold, huge heart-shaped leaves up to 1' long and 8" across, long slender seed pods (up to 15") persist into the winter before they split and release their seeds, good rain garden plant, drought & salt tolerant, tolerates seasonal flooding, host plant for the Catalpa Sphinx (Ceratomia catalpae) & Tersa Sphinx (Xylophanes tersa) moths, pollinated by Bumblebees & other native bees. Due to the astonishing seed pods, this plant is sometimes also called the Cigar Tree. It was planted far and wide, well beyond its original range, for its rot resistant wood.
40-70' tall (20-40' wide)
Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-8b
Native Range: originally thought to be only along the Mississippi river from IL/IN to AR/TN, and possibly WV. Now spread from cultivation and distributed from ME to GA, west to ND and NM
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