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Growth Type Deciduous Tree
Hardiness Zones 6-9
Planting Conditions Full Sun
TJ Documented Plant Yes

This native American tree was first reported in cultivation in 1728 and was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson's. It was grown at Monticello in the upper grove with Aspen, Umbrella Magnolia, and Chinaberry. Catalpa was one of the American trees Jefferson recommended to Madame de Tessé, his friend in Paris. Also known as Southern Catalpa and Indian Bean, this fast-growing tree is highly ornamental and deserves more use in our landscapes. Large clusters of white flowers spotted yellow and purple appear in early summer all over the outside of the tree, above the pale green foliage. In addition to its spectacular blooms, the Catalpa has a handsome sculptural appearance in winter.

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Typical Blooming Dates: May into June
Blossom Color(s): white
Location at Monticello: West Lawn

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