One more exotic tree to show you. It is our Catalpa bignonioides; Common Names: southern catalpa, catawba, Indian bean tree. Catalpa has large tropical looking heart-shaped leaves. The white bell-shaped blossoms are 2 inch (5.1 cm) in diameter and patterned with small purple spots and two large orange markings at the throat. The flowers are followed by long slender cigar-shaped pods up to 16 inch (40 cm) in lengh. The green pods ripen to brown in fall and split to release flat fringed seeds. For more info and better views of the flowers, click on both hyperlinks above. It is very hard to capture its blossoms as they are way up high. But these are the photos taken by Pieter at our garden. This tree is close to the creek on our main garden, not in the wood garden. Let's start the Garden Tour.
Pictures are taken on May 6 in the morning.