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Catalpa Trees Revisited

Catalpa Conundrum As I write this, the many catalpa trees surrounding our farmyard are raining leaves. Last night we had our first frost, an occasion that causes all the catalpas to simultaneously shed all their leaves the very next day. Someone, perhaps a hundred years ago, planted evenly-spaced catalpa trees all along our farm lane …

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Catalpa Trees

Catalpa – The Ultimate Fence Post? Have you ever heard of a “fence-post tree”? Also known as Indian bean tree, cigar tree, catawba, or caterpillar tree, Catalpa is a large tree with showy white, fragrant flowers, massive heart-shaped leaves, and dangling bean-like seed pods on a twisting trunk and contorted branches. First cultivated in 1754, …

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