These curious trees line the main driveway into the weekend farmgirl ranch.
A quick Wikipedia search tells me that this is a Catalpa tree aka Cigar tree. They are in severe need of water so we’re going to get a drip system to them stat.
I hope to find out somewhere in the ranch’s history why these were chosen but I’m thrilled. I read that somewhere in their growing cycle, they will shower us with orchid looking flower blossoms and these “cigar” pods appear after 5 years. They can grow to 60′ tall and have lovely heart shaped leaves.
My initial research indicates that the Catalpa has medicinal uses and the Catawba worms that flock to these trees can be used for fish bait. (That will come in handy when we stock the lake!)
Can’t wait to learn more from my Native American friends on all the medicinal benefits of this intriguing tree that obviously takes the punishment of the warm summers and snowy winters here at the ranch.