Catalpa Tree Flowers

Catalpa Tree Flowers

“A tree full of orchids”

The Catapla tree is such showy thing when in bloom that is is hard to believe that it is not a native species – this sort of thing is usually imported horticultural folly. Nevertheless, we need have no qualms about having one in our wildlife garden – though it is a shame that whoever planted it here many years before we arrived buried it in a “forest” at the back corner with limited light – this is a tree that needs to stand out in the sun. It’s surprisingly hardy however and where the tips of the branches make it out into the open it puts on quite a show around mid-summer … as someone said, “a tree full of orchids”.

In winter our tree has a secondary purpose – the main trunk has suffered from insect depradation and so the Pileated Woodpeckers and some smaller species find it a good place to grab a snack when there isn’t much else around.  Some years ago a new, secondary trunk started to develop from the base and that seems to be thriving so if we ever have the remove the original there will still be a Catalpa there to enjoy.

EXIF data

  • Taken: 3 July, 2018
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
  • ISO: 100

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2018-07-08T11:05:21+00:00Tuesday, July 3, 2018|

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