Northern Catalpa – alternate text

Location: 6955 Corbitt, visible from backyard alley. Enter alley from Pennsylvania.
Native to: midwestern United States. This large mature tree is a fine example of the species.
Bark: brown to gray.
Leaves: deciduous, large and harp-shaped with a pointed tip and are softly hairy underneath. They are the last to emerge in the spring and among the first to fall off, still green, after the first freeze. 
Flowers: small and trumpet-shaped with yellow stripes and purple spots inside and grow in panicles of 10 – 30.
Fruits: long and hang down, giving the tree its common name of “cigar tree”.
Wood: soft and has a low shrinkage/expansion rate which makes it excellent for carving and boat building.

Beautifying University City, MO