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Catalpa: planting, pruning, and advice on caring for it


The catalpa is a tree of all beauty thanks to its unique foliage, especially in the fall.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Catalpa
Family : Bignoniaceae
Type : Tree

Height : 8 to 10 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage : Expired -Flowering : June July

Very fast growing, catalpa is also very resistant to cold.

Catalpa plantation

Catalpa is an easy tree and adapts to all types of soil although, like most trees, it prefers well-drained soil.

The catalpa is very ornamental, both in spring and summer for its foliage and flowering, and in autumn for its foliage, so set aside a nice spot in the garden, rather clear of other trees.

This tree loves the sun which also makes it a very beautiful shade tree.

  • Note that in winter it fear excess water
  • Choose a planting in autumn to promote rooting before the winter frosts.

The catalpa growth is rapid which makes it an ideal tree for rapid protection from the sun.

Catalpa pruning and maintenance

Although catalpa does not necessarily need to be pruned, it can be done at a maintenance pruning.

  • Catalpa pruning is best done after leaf fall or at the end of winter, outside of frost.
  • Remove lower branches to prevent them from touching the ground.
  • Cut off dead branches and those that are growing inside the tree.
  • Keep its beautiful rounded shape.

Maintenance of the catalpa:

The maintenance of the catalpa could be kept to a minimum, especially when it is properly installed.

We can say that only watering in summer during the first year, or even the first 2 depending on the climate, should allow it to take root well and take place in its new habitat.

  • Water for the first 2 to 3 years if it is hot.
  • Watering in the evening helps prevent evaporation and therefore save water.

To know about the catalpa

Although catalpa has several species, the most commonly cultivated is theCatalpa bignonioides.

Native to North America and Asia, the catalpa is admirable for its flowering, which can be seen in close-up on the photo below, but also for its shade capacity.

From June you will benefit from spectacular and abundant flowers and throughout the summer, a shady and cool space. The flowers of the catalpa then give way to long pods, like the beans, containing catalpa seeds.

It is from beans that it got its name since in Cherokee language, "catalpa" is a variety of bean.

The catalpa also offers very beautiful and large leaves, very decorative also in the fall.

It grows fast and will be accelerated even more if planted in a warm place ...

Smart tip about catalpa

During the first years, put a mulching at the foot of the tree to promote the growth of catalpa.

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