This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It would be interesting if Mr. Teas would give the evidence for this statement. It is remarkable what can be the object of all the misstatements and ultra sensitiveness about this particular variety of Catalpa; and it leads us more than ever to suspect that there is something beneath it all that does not appear on the surface. The common Catalpa, to our personal knowledge, is entirely hardy up to latitude 43°, which is pretty well north, and longitude west 113°, or one thousand miles inland from the sea coast, which is tolerably well west. The line of its perfect hardiness may probably tend a little southwesterly, after this cutting off, perhaps a portion of Wisconsin and Iowa, in which perhaps the common form will not stand. But because it will not stand out well in this out of the way little corner, it is to be called "the tender Catalpa." If everything in the Union is to be called "tender," that will not stand the Winters of Iowa, weo cannot to soon revise our lists of hardy things.
In the statement that there is a variety of Catalpa which is hardier in Iowa than the common form, we have heard no one object, and we do not see why more than this should be urged.
This variety was first described and named by Dr. John A. Warder, in the Western Horticultural Review, for 1853.