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.
Mr. Samuel Parsons, Jr., has the following in the Country Gentleman: "Again 1 am drawn to say something of catal-pas. Their bright green massive foliage so attracts one by its permanent beauty and health at this season, that I shall not excuse myself for reverting to the species. This time, however, I wish to note the value and beauty of the dwarf catalpa, Catalpa Bungeii, a perfectly hardy plant of the most shrub-like character. Retaining all the excellence of color and form pertaining to catalpa foliage, as well as its autumn permanence, it is yet always a round compact shrub of considerable size. This rounded shape is decidedly formal, and fits it for standing singly by gates or corners of paths, and also unfits it for grouping with other shrubs. A mass of the dwarf catalpa, however, planted by itself, especially on a side-hill beneath the eye of the passer-by, is very effective in the Fall, or indeed at any other time of the year. Notwithstanding all these excellent ornamental qualities, the dwarf catalpa is little used on lawns.
Must we attribute this to want of knowledge of its value, or is it mere neglect ?" We copy this in order, first, to commend what Mr. Parsons says about the value of this tree in ornamental work, and second, to correct an error which otherwise will make confusion to tree planters. The dwarf catalpa is the C. Kaemp-feri of nurseries, whatever it may be botanically, for we have never seen it flower during; the twenty years it has been in American gardens. Catalpa Bungei, is a large tree with leaves lobed somewhat as a buttonwood or some grape vines, though it flowers when very young, and in this respect is remarkable.