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Southern Catalpa
Southern Catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides)

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Catalpas are another multi faceted tree species that everyone needs a few of.  They are famous for the free fish bait they can host, known as catalpa sphinx moth larvae, and for their showy flower display.  One “catawba worm,” fresh or frozen can catch several fish due to their tough skin, but there will be no need to skimp on the bait cause there will be plenty to use.  Any leftovers will be gladly eaten up by critters like turkeys who happen by your bait orchard.   Erosion issues?  Catalpas have very vigorous root systems that quickly take charge and hold a site in place.  Acid or alkaline, moist or dry, hot or cold, catalpa can handle it. 

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Zone: 5 - 10
Soil pH: 4.8 - 7.2
Mature Height: 60'
Wildlife Value: Host plant for Catalpa worms which make great fishing bait.
Site Preference: Best growth occurs in moist bottomland soils but can tolerate upland sites .
Fruit Maturity Date: Showy flowers late spring followed by long seed pods in late Summer
Alias: Catalpa, Worm Tree




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