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Old 06-25-2019, 03:33 PM
 
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Anyone have much experience with them? I think I have 2 growing in my yard. They're growing in a bad spot, so I've yet to let them grow to the point of flowering. The first one showed up 2 years ago, and we cut it down before it got too out of hand.


Because we didn't get it by the roots, it came back the next year, and THIS year, now there's 2.


They grow fast! If I were to let them go and continue on, they'd be over my head by the end of summer. They have big leaves...bigger than my hand.


Just wondering if anyone had any experience with them.
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Messy, messy trees - flowers and fruits (long pods) drop; leaves in the fall, branches are brittle and may fall in storms. Not a "good" tree.
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:48 PM
 
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Messy, messy trees - flowers and fruits (long pods) drop; leaves in the fall, branches are brittle and may fall in storms. Not a "good" tree.

Do you know, are the stems like a light green, and they appear to be soft. (As opposed to most tree saplings) does that sound like Cawtawba? I've yet to let them get old enough to get flowers and pods...if these ARE cawtawba. I think they are, but I'm not sure.


I'm just curious really.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Catalpa speciosa - Plant Finder

Missouri Botanical Garden has an excellent website. I found this for you, i believe there are Catalpas growing in Forest Park and the Zoo, if memory serves. There is probably one at MOBOT too.

I had one once at a house I moved to. They really are not good lawn trees, unless you have a big lawn. They shed pods and attract worms, and they have no fall color. There were a couple of handsome ones in an apartment complex we stayed in for a short while in SE Washington. But they had room to be themselves on an open lawn.
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:32 AM
 
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Catalpa speciosa - Plant Finder

Missouri Botanical Garden has an excellent website. I found this for you, i believe there are Catalpas growing in Forest Park and the Zoo, if memory serves. There is probably one at MOBOT too.

I had one once at a house I moved to. They really are not good lawn trees, unless you have a big lawn. They shed pods and attract worms, and they have no fall color. There were a couple of handsome ones in an apartment complex we stayed in for a short while in SE Washington. But they had room to be themselves on an open lawn.

I feel silly saying this, but now I think they're NOT catalpa trees. I think what I'm looking at are moon flowers. I guess one could wonder how I wouldn't know the difference, and I DO feel kind of silly now.


I was looking at them last night, and I noticed that they seem to be getting buds on them...kind of long and tubular...as they haven't opened up yet.


I DO think we might've HAD a catalpa tree, but like I said in my first post, we cut it down...twice. These plants aren't growing straight up, like the tree did. Still...the leaves are big. Bigger than my hand.
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:51 AM
 
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They are messy and do get very tall; but the flowers are very pretty: https://www.bonanza.com/listings/100...yABEgKXo_D_BwE.

They are invasive: https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_casp8.pdf.

The problem I have is that almost every other tree I have is dying from one pest or another. Trying to find something to replace them is hard. My Catalpa trees are growing great and look like nothing is going to bother them. So I am kind of at a loss on what to plant. If it isn't the fire blight, woolly aphid, emerald ash borer, gypsy moths, lantern flies, oak borer, it's something else. I even had to get rid of my larger pine trees because they were too messy and too close to the house.

If yours are safely away from your house and you mow frequently to keep the saplings from growing; then maybe they are not a bad tree.
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:07 AM
 
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They are messy and do get very tall; but the flowers are very pretty: https://www.bonanza.com/listings/100...yABEgKXo_D_BwE.

They are invasive: https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_casp8.pdf.

The problem I have is that almost every other tree I have is dying from one pest or another. Trying to find something to replace them is hard. My Catalpa trees are growing great and look like nothing is going to bother them. So I am kind of at a loss on what to plant. If it isn't the fire blight, woolly aphid, emerald ash borer, gypsy moths, lantern flies, oak borer, it's something else. I even had to get rid of my larger pine trees because they were too messy and too close to the house.

If yours are safely away from your house and you mow frequently to keep the saplings from growing; then maybe they are not a bad tree.

Unfortunately, the catalpa tree WAS too close to the house. AND too close to the central air unit, so we had to cut it down.


I've HEARD that Catalpa wood is a highly prized kind of wood. Carpenters can make pretty things from it, so I've heard.




We get SO many tree saplings in our yard. It's a constant battle keeping up with all the saplings. Fisheye, if you lived closer, I would invite you to come and dig up as many oak, maple and redbud saplings as you wanted. lol
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:29 AM
 
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If it came back VIGOROUSLY, with huge leaves after being cut back, it could also be a Royal Paulownia. They roughly resemble a Catalpa at first glance. They get fragrant, pale blue flowers when mature though, instead of the white flowers of the Catalpas...no cigar seed pods either. The wood of the Paulownia is sought by Japanese wood carvers, or used to be.

I like both of them. The RP is a fast growing tree.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulownia_tomentosa

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Old 06-26-2019, 09:46 AM
 
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If it came back VIGOROUSLY, with huge leaves after being cut back, it could also be a Royal Paulownia. They roughly resemble a Catalpa at first glance. They get pale blue flowers when mature though, instead of the white flowers of the Catalpas...no cigar seed pods either. The wood of the Paulownia is sought by Japanese wood carvers, or used to be.

I like both of them. The RP is a fast growing tree.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulownia_tomentosa

Huh! Yeah...that might be it. That might be what I thought was the catalpa. The picture of the leaf looks nearly exactly like the leaves of what was growing. Too bad it was so close to the house.
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Old 06-26-2019, 01:56 PM
 
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Unfortunately, the catalpa tree WAS too close to the house. AND too close to the central air unit, so we had to cut it down.


I've HEARD that Catalpa wood is a highly prized kind of wood. Carpenters can make pretty things from it, so I've heard.




We get SO many tree saplings in our yard. It's a constant battle keeping up with all the saplings. Fisheye, if you lived closer, I would invite you to come and dig up as many oak, maple and redbud saplings as you wanted. lol
Actually White Pine are still thriving; besides the Catalpa. The Pines that are left are out of range of my house. I have five acres and I even bought an old backhoe to help remove stumps and replant trees. Right now I am simply in the process of removing the dead and dying. I am recruiting local people that want free firewood - as long as they are not worried about the Emerald Ash borer (I have about 15 Ash trees to come down that are infected). I do not want to spread the disease or any disease anyplace that is unaffected.

I also have Quaken Aspen that love to send out roots and take over large areas. They are a pain because the shoots can grow a foot almost overnight. I prefer to keep them under control as much as possible.

Thanks for the offering!
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