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Pretty Blooms, Pretty Awful Mess

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As you can see from this picture, catalpa trees exhibit surprisingly gorgeous flowers, when viewed close up....
Picture of catalpa tree flower.

Picture of catalpa tree flower.

David Beaulieu
However, I don't recommend planting catalpa trees in the landscape. Catalpa trees are regarded as rather messy specimens. In autumn, they drop not only leaves that are surprisingly unattractive, but also large "beans" (seed pods).

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