This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We note that some writers are contending that there is no material difference between the two species of catalpa. This is the natural reaction against the extravagant detraction of the older known kind. When Eastern people are told that catalpa bignonides is "tender," and unfit for timber, and they know it is not tender and makes admirable timber, they are to be pardoned for believing that Western people have got things a little mixed. But we must discriminate justly. Catalpa speciosa is a distinct species - and there is good reason for believing that for Western forestry it is much better than C. bignonoides.