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Common Snowberry vs Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Symphoricarpos albus

Catalpa speciosa

Common Snowberry
Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Common Snowberry is a small deciduous shrub with characteristic white to pink flowers and clusters of white fruit.

This North American native species is very adaptable, and can be used for erosion control in riparian and restoration areas. Snowberry's fruit attracts wildlife, and livestock can consume the berries without issue.

Note: This difficult to grow species is not regularly scheduled to grow at TreeTime.ca. If there aren't seedlings available for purchase, try purchasing seed from SeedTime.ca and growing your own? Or sign up for a restock notification above.

Northern Catalpa is a striking feature tree with showy flowers, and very large leaves. Its orchid-like flowers are white with yellow and purple accents, and they have a pleasant fragrance. They bloom from late spring to early summer and can last up to two weeks, attracting hummingbirds and pollinators. The leaves are very large, ranging from 15-30 cm long, 12-20 cm wide, forming a canopy that makes it a good shade tree.

They can tolerate dry conditions as well as standing water, air pollution, and salt. These factors and its beauty contribute to its growing popularity as both a boulevard and ornamental tree in colder areas.

Northern Catalpa produces long bean-like capsules and are sometimes called the Cigar Tree in reference to this fruit.

COMMON SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN CATALPA (CIGAR TREE) QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 1a
Zone: 4a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: white waxy berries
Flowers: pink to white flowers in spring
Flowers: white
Bark: red-brown shredded bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: low



Toxicity: berries toxic to humans


Other Names: common snowberry
Other Names: cigar tree, hardy catalpa, western catalpa