SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Hawaiian Islands
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.
Additional Common Names
YOKE-WOOD, HAITIAN CATALPA, FRENCH OAK, JAMAICAN OAK, SPANISH OAK, CATALPA, CATAWBA
Erect Low or High Canopy.
Oval or 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, with colored throat. 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.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Weak to Medium
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Street Tree, Planter.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Catalpa longissima Tree Record." 1995-2020. Apr 6, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/catalpa-longissima >