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YOKE-WOOD
Catalpa longissima

Catalpa longissima Catalpa longissima Catalpa longissima Catalpa longissima Catalpa longissima

Photo Locations: Hawaiian Islands

General Notes

The yoke-wood is often used as a street and parking lot tree. The timber is used in construction and for making small articles and tools with a few minor medicinal uses as well recorded from the West Indies. Catalpa longissima has a HPWRA (Hawaii Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 2 (Low Risk), and the Plant Pono link is: https://plantpono.org/pono-plants/catalpa-longissima/.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Jamaica and Hispaniola.

Family: Bignoniaceae

Additional Common Names

YOKE-WOOD, HAITIAN CATALPA, FRENCH OAK, JAMAICAN OAK, SPANISH OAK, CATALPA, CATAWBA

Tree Characteristics

Erect Low or High Canopy.

Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 10 - 50 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Leaves Lanceolate to Elliptic, Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Few, Green to Brown Capsule, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.

Bark Light to Dark Brown, Blocky or Furrowed.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Flowers, Dry Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 12.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist but Well Drained Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Weak to Medium

Attracts Bees.

Special Uses & Values

Specimen, Street Tree, Planter.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Catalpa longissima Tree Record." 1995-2020. Jul 11, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/catalpa-longissima >

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