Missouri Wildflower Guide

"I shall rise tall as an elm in my grace --
I shall be clothed as catalpa is clad --
Poets shall crown me with lyrics of praise --
Lovers for lure of my blossoms go mad!"


From "More Songs from Vagabondia"
by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey






Northern Catalpa

In addition to being a large, dense shade tree with attractive leaves, Northern Catalpa is adorned with clusters of beautiful flowers in the Spring.  Seeds then grow in numerous long thin pods hanging in clusters, which are also attractive.


Often planted as an ornamental shade tree, it is also occasionally seen in unattended locations.

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