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  • Catalpa ovata - Chinese Catalpa

A beautiful,medium-sized, deciduous tree rarely taller than 10 m, native to China. It formsa stocky trunk that holds a broad crown with large, shallowly lobed, lightgreen leaves. The beautiful, yellowish white flowers are held in large clustersand are followed by long, thin pods with small, winged seeds. It is widelycultivated as an ornamental in USDA Zones 4 to 8.

It is a pod-bearing tree native to China. Compared to C. speciosa, it is much smaller, typically reaching heights between 20 and 30 feet. The inflorescences form 4–10-inch-long (100–250 mm) bunches of creamy white flowers with distinctly yellow tinging; individual flowers are about 1 inch wide. They bloom in July and August. The leaves are very similar in shape to those of Paulownia tomentosa, having three lobes (two are abruptly truncated on either edge, with a third, central, slightly acute, pointed lobe forming the leaf apex), and are darkly green. Fruits are very narrow, foot-long pods

Although native to the more temperate provinces within China it is also cultivated in North America and Europe. It is commonly used to make the undersides of qin.

The picture above is of a flowering tree in Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Edgebaston.


Come in packs of 25 fresh seeds

Full germination and growing instructions included.



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Catalpa ovata - Chinese Catalpa

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