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.
In many newspapers articles continually appear, warning people against planting anything but the " hardy Catalpa." A nurseryman recently showed us a letter from a Georgia gentleman, ordering only the " hardy Catalpa," and he " did not want the tender one," just as if one was a hot-house plant. There is no doubt about there being two varieties of Catalpa. The differences may even amount to what may be called specific; one may be even hardier in the upper Missouri States than the other, but the idea sought to be impressed on the people that the common Catalpa is tender in the usual acceptation of the word, only originates in misconception. There may be a hardy and a hardier Catalpa, but that there is a "tender" and a "hardy" Catalpa, using the word as gardeners use them, is wholly unwarranted by the facts, and the persistency in the use of these terms, as we see by the letter above quoted, leads to confusion.