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Brandon Elm vs Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Ulmus americana Brandon

Catalpa speciosa

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Brandon Elm
Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Brandon Elm is a hardy and adaptable tree. Its dark green foliage turns brilliant gold in the fall.

This cultivar of the American Elm is long-lived and fast growing. Due to its smaller and more compact form than its cousin, the American Elm, Brandon Elm it is often preferred for home landscapes where it can command the extra money required to propagate it.

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.

BRANDON ELM QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN CATALPA (CIGAR TREE) QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 4a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: golden yellow
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: low





Other Names: cigar tree, hardy catalpa, western catalpa