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Hardy Catalpa (catalpa Speciosa)

Distinguishing characters: The tree may be told by its *fruit*, which

hang in long slender pods all winter. The leaf-scars appear on the

stem in whorls of three and rarely opposite each other.

Form and size: The catalpa has a short, thick and twisted trunk with an

irregular head.

Range: Central and eastern United States.

Soil and location: It grows naturally on low bottom-lands but will also

do well in poor, dry soils.

Enemies: Practically free from disease and insects.

Value for planting: The catalpa grows very rapidly and is cultivated in

parks for ornament and in groves for commercial purposes. The _hardy

catalpa_ is preferable to the _common catalpa_ for planting.

Commercial value: The wood is extremely durable in contact with the soil

and is consequently used for posts and railroad ties.

Other characters: The _flowers_, which appear in late June and early

July, are large, white and very showy.

Other common names: _Indian bean_; _western catalpa_.

Comparisons: The _white flowering dogwood_ (_Cornus florida_) is a small

tree which also has its leaves in whorls of three or sometimes

opposite. It can be readily told from other trees, however, by the

small square plates into which the outer bark on the trunk divides

itself, see Fig. 85, and by the characteristic drooping character of

its branches. It is one of the most common plants in our eastern

deciduous forests. It is extremely beautiful both in the spring and

in the fall and is frequently planted for ornament. There are many

varieties of dogwood in common use.

Tree Studies

How To Identify Trees
Group I The Pines
The White Pine (pinus Strobus)
The Pitch Pine (pinus Rigida)
The Scotch Pine (pinus Sylvestris)
Group Ii The Spruce And Hemlock
The Norway Spruce (picea Excelsa)
Hemlock (tsuga Canadensis)
Group Iii The Red Cedar And Arbor-vitae
Red Cedar (juniperus Virginiana)
Arbor-vitae; Northern White Cedar (thuja Occidentalis)
Group Iv The Larch And Cypress
The European Larch (larix Europaea)
Bald Cypress (taxodium Distichum)
Group V The Horsechestnut, Ash And Maple
The Horsechestnut
The White Ash (fraxinus Americana)
Sugar Maple (acer Saccharum)
Silver Maple (acer Saccharinum)
Red Maple (acer Rubrum)
Norway Maple (acer Platanoides)
Box Elder (acer Negundo)
Group Vi Trees Told By Their Form: Elm, Poplar, Gingko And Willow
American Elm (ulmus Americana)
Lombardy Or Italian Poplar (populus Nigra, Var Italica)
Gingko Or Maidenhair Tree (gingko Biloba)
Weeping Willow (salix Babylonica)
Group Vii Trees Told By Their Bark Or Trunk: Sycamore, Birch, Beech,
Blue Beech, Ironwood, And Hackberry
The Sycamore Or Plane Tree (platanus Occidentalis)
Gray Or White Birch (betula Populifolia)
American Beech (fagus Americana)
Blue Beech Or Hornbeam (carpinus Caroliniana)
Hackberry (celtis Occidentalis)
Group Viii The Oaks And Chestnut
White Oak (quercus Alba)
Black Oak (quercus Velutina)
Red Oak (quercus Rubra)
Pin Oak (quercus Palustris)
Chestnut (castanea Dentata)
Group Ix The Hickories, Walnut And Butternut
Shagbark Hickory (hicoria Ovata)
Mockernut Hickory (hicoria Alba)
Black Walnut (juglans Nigra)
Group X Tulip Tree, Sweet Gum, Linden, Magnolia, Locust, Catalpa,
Dogwood, Mulberry And Osage Orange
Tulip Tree (liriodendron Tulipifera)
Sweet Gum (liquidambar Styraciflua)
American Linden (tilia Americana)
The Magnolias