Southern Catalpa - Catalpa bignonioides
Smaller (up to 50 feet) than Northern Catalpa, this species has maladorous leaves that are up to 10 inches in length. The leaves are heart-shaped and pointed. The crown is rounded on mature trees, and the straight trunk is covered with bark that separates into large scales with age. Southern Catalpa is native to the Southeast but is widely planted elsewhere. The flowers are borne in pyramid-shaped clusters and are bell-shaped; they are spotted with yellow on the upper lobes and purple beneath. The fruits are long, narrow pods, the seeds are tufted with white hairs.