Northern Catalpa - Catalpa speciosa
Northern Catalpa is a medium-sized tree with big, heart-shaped leaves and showy flowers. A large rounded crown on the short trunk add to the appeal. Thus, although very restricted in its native range to a narrow lowland band in the Midwest, these attractive characteristics make it a popular landscaping tree, and it is widely planted. The leaves are nearly a foot in length and, interestingly, secrete nectar. The trumpet-shaped white flowers are large (two inches) and are lined with yellow and spotted with purple; they are borne in large panicles. The fruit is a long pod.