13 thoughts on “FOTD 10th September 2021: Catalpa Tree

  1. It seems like an odd tree to me only because it is native to North America. It is likely a Northern catalpa, Catalpa speciosa. The Southern catalpa, Catalpa bignonioides has smaller flowers, so is not as impressive in bloom. Also, Southern catalpa is not as resilient to frost as Northern Catalpa is. (Although, to me, it seems to do quite well where winters get somewhat cool.) Many prominent trees in Europe seem to be natives of North America, perhaps because species from North America were considered to be exotic and rare back when those old trees were planted. The oldest tree in Paris (in France) is a black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia, which is native to some of the same regions as the Catalpas.

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