Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Northern Catalpa - Catalpa speciosa   (Warder) Warder ex Engelmann
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Author(Warder) Warder ex Engelmann
DistributionMountains, Piedmont, and Sandhills; locally in the Coastal Plain. First collected in 1924 in Buncombe County. Specimens from other counties (not mapped) are from cultivated plants or are misidentified.

Native of the upper Mississippi River Embayment; early cultivated elsewhere and escaped.
AbundanceUncommon to infrequent in the Piedmont, rare in the Mountains, Sandhills, and Coastal Plain.
HabitatRoadsides, along creeks and rivers, disturbed woodlands, escaped to edge of parking lot, moist pineland (Bladen Co.).
PhenologyFlowering May-July; fruiting July-September.
IdentificationThis exotic tree, familiar to most people in yards and gardens, is much like C. bignonioides, which see, but the leaves taper gradually to the tip with sides that are relatively straight (or even slightly bowed outward, but not distinctly curved inward as in C. bignonioides). Some leaves lack a drip-tip. Its large flowers are more boldly marked, as well.
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