southern catalpa Bignoniaceae Catalpa bignonioides
Leaf:May be opposite or whorled, pinnately veined, 5 to 12 inches long.
Flower:Very showy, white with purple streaks, in branched, upright cluster, arranged in bell-shaped corollas of 5 lobes, appearing in late spring.
Fruit:Flattened seeds with 2-papery, fringed wings encased in a distinctive 8 to 14 inches long "cigar-like" or "bean-like" capsule; the seeds mature in autumn, but the capsule may remain attached over winter.
Twig:Stout, green, and later reddish brown in color; terminal bud absent; lateral buds small and covered with overlapping, red-brown scales; leaf scars elliptical to round; pith continuous.
Bark:Separated into irregular shallow fissures with reddish brown scales.
Form:A medium sized tree with spreading branches and an irregular crown. The bole may be straight but is generally crooked.