"Catalpa Speciosa" //
Also known as the "Indian bean tree" or the "cigar tree" for the long, hard, bean-shaped pods that fall from it every year. The cool thing is that these trees used to be made into canoes by the Native Americans to travel up and down the rivers!
One of my favorite features of this forgotten tree species is the very large, heart-shaped leaves that look like the ears of an elephant.
My very favorite, though, are the white, soft, fragrant flowers that bloom every year. It's so beautiful when they fall to the Earth and blanket it in white.... I wish I were a butterfly more than ever in those moments.
I became friends with these trees at my old property on the Ohio River years ago, and they're still one of my favorites to this day.
MORE: a medium to large, deciduous tree that typically grows to 40 -70' (less frequently to 100') tall.
The catalpa's quickest growing period is during the first ten years of its age.
8x8 watercolor & ink on cold press
Painted in Northern California Spring 2014
© Kayla Arielle // PINCH & ZOOM ❤