Catalpa ovata is a small deciduous tree. It is part of the Bignoniaceae family of plants. They also call it Yellow Catalpa or Chinese Catalpa. It grows to 30ft or 10m. It is native to western China. The name’s origin is Native American Indian.
Catalpa ovata foliage are light green. The leaves are ovate and three to five-lobed. They are glamorous and downy veins on the back. The leaves turn yellow in autumn. It flowers in late spring. The flowers grow in panicles. They are yellow, bell-shaped. There are orange inner spots. Long seedpods follow the flowers in autumn. The are about 16in or 40cm. They turn brownish as they mature and split open to release the seeds.
How to grow Catalpa ovata:
Grow Catalpa ovata in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist fertile, medium to wet soil that is well-drained. It adapts to most types of soil. Catalpa ovata is generally disease-free and pest-free. Watch out for verticillium wilt, leaf spots, mildew, or twig blight. It is deer tolerant.