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Horse Chestnut vs Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Aesculus hippocastanum

Catalpa speciosa

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Horse Chestnut
Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Horse Chestnut is a medium sized deciduous tree that is native to Greece but has been grown in North America for hundreds of years. It produces large nuts.

A top CO2 absorbing species. Experts think this tree may help climate change more than others.

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.

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN CATALPA (CIGAR TREE) QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $13.99 - SAVE UP TO 30%
Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Flowers: white
Nuts: large spiky nuts
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: low



Toxicity: most parts of plant are toxic


Other Names: cigar tree, hardy catalpa, western catalpa