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Manchurian catalpa is a small, spreading, deciduous tree native to northern China. Leaves are triangular, toothed and dark green. Fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers produced in terminal cluster are rose-pink to white with yellow and purple markings. The flowers appear in summer. Manchurian catalpa produces long, bean-like fruit pods in the fall which can be somewhat messy.
Manchurian catalpa does well in moist, well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. This species requires pruning while young to shape and form strong branch attachments. Plant catalpa so it is protected from strong winds. Manchurian catalpa makes an interesting specimen tree in particularly in urban areas as it is very tolerant to pollution.