Is named catalpa to a type of tree that belongs to the family group of bignoniaceae. The term refers to a gender formed by several species.

Catalpas are native to the American continent and of East Asia. Its height usually exceeds ten meters, with large leaves that are heart-shaped and flowers whitish with purple dots.


Catalpa is a genus of trees that belong to the bignoniaceae family.

Origin of the concept

Catalpa comes from the English word catalpa, in turn derived from an aboriginal language of North America. The village catawba, which had a great expansion in the south and southeast of the current territory American, just called this type of trees catawba.

The word catalpa is believed to have arisen from an erroneous transcription of Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, the naturalist who described the gender at century XVIII. Scopoli published his research in “Introductio ad Historiam Naturalem”, a scientific work that he released in 1777.

Characteristics of the common catalpa

The species known as common catalpa or indian tree is the one whose scientific name is Catalpa bignonioides. It is a tree native to southeastern USA that can reach about fifteen meters in height.

The common catalpa is used as an ornamental tree as it has good resistance to pollution and offers shade. its woodMeanwhile, it is difficult to carve but it is used for the manufacture of poles, while different parts of this plant are attributed medicinal properties although they have a considerable level of toxicity.

White flowers

Catalpa has white flowers.

Other species

The northern catalpa or western catalpa (Specious Catalpa) is a species of catalpa that, like the common catalpa, is used as an ornamental plant. Their featuresIn fact, they are similar to those exhibited by the common catalpa, differing by having a smaller number of flowers although they are larger.

To Catalpa ovata it is known as catalpa china or yellow catalpa. As its common name indicates, this tree is native to China. Regarding their differences with the common catalpa and the northern catalpa, the specimens have a height lower, not reaching ten meters.

In the Antilles, on the other hand, the Catalpa brevipes. The species, which grows in dry forests, is at risk of extinction.

Catalpa, name of an Argentine company and a Spanish street

Catalpa Agropecuaria SRL is a company Argentina founded in 1994 dedicated to business development in the agricultural sector. The company markets and distributes agricultural inputs; It has associated and its own crops; it has machines and trucks; pulverizes thousands of hectares a year; and provides technical advice.

The campus from Catalpa Agropecuaria is found in Bolivar. In said town in the province of Buenos Aires it also has a storage plant with a capacity of 20,000 tons.

CatalpaFinally, it is the name of a Street from The Port of Santa Maria. This city of more than 88,000 inhabitants and rich in historical monuments is located in the Spanish province of Cadiz, forming part of the autonomous community of Andalusia.