Catalpa ovata Health effects and herbal facts
Catalpa ovata, the yellow catalpa or Chinese catalpa, is a pod-bearing tree native to China. Compared to C. speciosa, it is much smaller, typically reaching heights between 20 and 30 feet. The inflorescences form 4–10-inch-long bunches of creamy white flowers with distinctly yellow tinging; individual flowers are about 1 inch wide. They bloom in July and August. The leaves are very similar in shape to those of Paulownia tomentosa, having three lobes, and are darkly green. Fruits are very narrow, foot-long pods. Although native to the more temperate provinces within China, C. ovata is also cultivated in North America and Europe. It is commonly used to make the undersides of qin.
Economic importance of Catalpa ovata
- China: China - Anhui, Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Monggol, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Xinjiang