Heartland Catalpa

Catalpa speciosa 'Hiawatha 2'

This selection of the Northern catalpa has a narrow upright growth habit and is a better performer than the species. It has large dark green leaves that turn yellow in the fall and big clusters of fragrant purple and yellow speckled white flowers in early summer. All of these features along with its tolerance of tough urban conditions make this a great choice for your planting strip or yard.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street planting width: 8 feet

Mature Height: 50 feet

Mature Spread: 25 feet

Tree Shape: Upright oval

Large dark green heart shaped leaves.

Fragrant trumpet shaped white flowers with yellow and purple speckles inside.

Long bean-like pods give the tree a whimsical look.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun. Adaptable to a wide range of soils. Tolerant of heat and drought. You still need to water it frequently when establishing it.

Potential Problems:
No serious insect or disease problems. 

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

Additional Resources