35. Catalpa speciosa – Western Catalpa
Scientific Name: Catalpa speciosa
Nativity: Midwestern United States
The western catalpa is a common species found along streams and the bases of bluffs in the midwest. The name catalpa comes from the Muscogee name “kutuhlpa” meaning “winged head” in reference to the shape of the flowers. Although there are no known ethnobotanical uses for this tree, it is often used to for fence posts and telegraph poles. Occasionally, it is used to make furniture. The wood is very resistant to heartwood decay, making it an excellent choice for products that will be in constant contact with soil.
DBH: 30.4 inches