Catalpa speciosa (Barney) Engelm.

Western Catalpa

Deciduous tree to 30 m tall. Leaves to 30 cm long, cordate at the base, tips longpointed, margins occasionally with a few lobes. Flower clusters branched. Flowers about 4.5 cm long, white with purple spots and yellow lines in the throat; late spring-summer. Fruit capsules to about 50 cm long, about 1.5 cm wide.


Large tree; leaves not smelling when crushed, cf. C. bignonioides; flowers white with spotting and yellow lines in the throat.

ACT: Canberra (Rex Hotel Courtyard, Northbourne Avenue).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Bignoniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Bignoniaceae
genus        Catalpa Scop.