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Joined: 2011-05-21

Hi, I'm new the this site. My sister recommended it to help identify this plant. I'm not sure where it came from; courtesy of the birds, I think. For years, we'd cut it back just thinking it was a weed or small tree growing through the fence. This year I noticed flowers on it. When I looked closer, they looked like small individual orchids. I'm measuring them tomorrow. Is this familiar to anyone? I live in So IL near St. Louis. The picture of it is my profile picture, but I have more.
Thanks for any help identifying it.
I'm not sure how to upload pictures, but more can be viewed here.


Joined: 2009-08-07
Welcome to the forums...

The flowers look familiar but I just can't put a name to it. Wish the pic's were bigger.
Someone on here should be able to ID it for you....

Joined: 2011-05-21
I found out it's a Catalpa

I found out it's a Catalpa tree. I guess the birds dropped the seeds, because I've never heard of one or planted one.

Joined: 2009-08-07
We in Pennsylvania...

call these Toby trees... or in this case Northern Catalpa.

Never knew it by any other name. Never really remember what the flowers look like but no mistaking the large leaves the the long seed pods..


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