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This native plant is a medium deciduous tree with large white flowers in the spring and striking cigar-like seedpods in the fall. It features large heart-shaped leaves.

Latin Name

Catalpa bignonioides



Also Known As

Cigartree Indian-bean-tree

Type of Plant

Trees Trees

Bloom Season

May - June


Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 60'
Max spread Max Spread: 40'


  • Shade Tree
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Drought
  • Deer
  • Wet Soil

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Southeastern United States


    George Washington planted two catalpas west of the garden houses in March of 1785.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Bowling Green Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Bowling Green
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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