Common name: Northern catalpa, hardy catalpa, western catalpa, cigar tree, catawba tree,
Catalpa speciosa is a tall deciduous tree in the Eastern North America garden (even though it is native to the US Midwest). It has lovely flowers in mid-summer, but they are so high up in the tree they can only be viewed from a distance. After flowering, it produces long seed pods, a little narrower than those of its 'cousin' C. bignonioides.
For more information, see Garden Story, August 28, 2020.
Flower photo Wendy Cutler from Vancouver / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)
Pod photo Cody Hough - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3514435
Bark photo Liné1 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)