Catalpa (Catalpa spp. (C. speciosa and C. bignonioides))


Common names: Shawnee wood, Indian bean tree, or the cigar tree


Distribution : eastern United States, but naturalized throughout North America


Color/appearance : Heartwood color can range from a neutral grayish tan to a richer golden brown: nearly the entire trunk is composed of heartwood. Narrow sapwood is a pale gray. Overall appearance somewhat resembles ash


Janka hardness: 550 lbf


Density: 2.42 lbf


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 2.5%

Tangential (width): 4.9%,

Volumetric (total): 7.3%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 2.0


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Some species of Catalpa have been reported to cause skin irritation.


Sustainability: CITES: No, IUCN: No


Common Uses: Fence posts, utility wood, cabinetry, and  carving


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