this bloom. You can see how the yellow down the throat leads the bees and bugs for pollination. This tree is native in our area which to me is another good reason to grow this tree. If you would like to read more about the Catalpa tree you can go to Wikipedia here to read more.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
This time of year is the best time for the Catalpa tree. I planted this baby when it was just a whip. It has grown into a beautifully shaped tree without any pruning. Catalpa trees are not used in the landscape much. I don't know why. They make a great shade tree as they have these huge heart-shaped leaves that make the best shade. Birds and bees love this tree. The birds love to build nests in this tree even though the wood is soft it is very reliable. You don't ever have to go around and pick up limbs after a big storm. After it blooms it makes these long bean pods that have their seeds in them. These large clusters of blooms are what I really like the best. They look like small orchids and they smell heavenly. This one in the middle of this cluster has a red in the throat. Most look like...