Origin of catalpaModern Latin from Creek katálpa uncertain or unknown; perhaps from ka-, combining form of iká, head + tálpa, wing: uncertain or unknown; perhaps so called from the shape of the flowers
any of a genus (Catalpa) of hardy American and Asian trees of the bignonia family, with large, heart-shaped leaves, showy clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers, and slender beanlike pods
Any of various usually deciduous trees of the genus Catalpa of North America, the West Indies, and East Asia, especially C. bignonioides or C. speciosa of the United States, having large heart-shaped leaves, showy clusters of white flowers, and long slender pods.
Origin of catalpaCreek kata&lslash;pa ka- head ta&lslash;pa wing (from the shape of its flowers)
- Catawba Tree (Catalpa Speciosa) - A forest tree in America, westwards, and is little known in England yet, though promising to be a forest tree; reaches 120 feet high in its own country.
- Catalpa - Handsome flowering trees of the Bignonia order, one of them forming a beautiful tree even in London gardens.
- Indian Bean (Catalpa Bignonioides) - A handsome tree, hardy in S.
- Beech, black walnut, butternut, chestnut, catalpa, hemlock and tamarack trees are also common.
- Valuable trees are of great variety: cottonwood, poplar, catalpa, red cedar, sweet-gum, birch-eye, sassafras, persimmon, ash, elm, sycamore, maple, a variety of pines, pecan, locust, dogwood, hickory, various oaks, beech, walnut and cypress are all abundant.