Chinese Catalpa (Catalpa ovata)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 20 to 30 feet
Plant Spread: 20 to 30 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 4, 2019 4:46 PM

This species from China, of course, is similar to the other various species. It is noted that its pods are usually about 8 to 12 inches long, to 16 inches, and the pods are the thinnest of all, only being about 1/3 inch wide. The 4 to 10 inch long by 4 to 10 inch wide leaves are entire or slightly three-lobed. The flowers are yellowish white in 4 to 10 inch high narrow panicle clusters and are not as showy as the American species. I've only seen this species, that is rare in the US, at Morton Arboretum as a group of several trees on the west side near Lake Marmo. I don't see any real purpose for it outside of East Asia. It is nice that it is so much smaller than the Northern Catalpa. Chinese people like the wood for some kinds of vessels.

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What kind of plant is this with verrrry long beans-NorthEastPenn by plantluver01 Feb 5, 2017 7:48 PM 6
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