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Ussurian Pear (Siberian) vs Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Pyrus ussuriensis

Catalpa speciosa

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Ussurian Pear (Siberian)
Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Ussurian Pear (aka Manchurian or Siberian Pear) is the most cold hardy of all pear species.

This self-pollinating pear bears white flowers in the spring and has good fall colour, making it an exceptional ornamental addition to any garden. However, it has a tendency to branch quite low and is often used in shelterbelts and hedges too.

It is primarily grown for its attractive flowers and pollination of other pear varieties, or as cold hardy rootstock, and is also an excellent addition to any shelterbelt.

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.

USSURIAN PEAR (SIBERIAN) QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN CATALPA (CIGAR TREE) QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
Height: 10 m (33 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: burgundy
Flowers: white
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: low





Other Names: cigar tree, hardy catalpa, western catalpa