This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
As sound, solid, durable timber, there seems to be no doubt of the value of the Catalpa. But it must be borne in mind that in the Northern and Western States, it is liable to have its terminal bud destroyed in winter, and then the stem grows crooked - a defect in a timber tree. This may be remedied by cutting a seedling down when it is three years old. A new tall strong stem results. In Virginia we learn it proves very satisfactory.