Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Photos of a Catalpa Tree in October

Fruits Hanging from Catalpa Tree in October

One thing I love about living where there are so many trees is watching their appearance change from season to season. I showed you what the catalpa tree below looked like in bloom a few months ago. Last night I was walking in the Paso Robles City Park again and found two catalpa trees. Both had the hanging fruits you can see now.

Photos of a Catalpa Tree in October
Hanging Fruits of the Catalpa Tree in Downtown City Park, Paso Robles, © B. Radisavljevic

The spring blossoms are gone. The heart-shaped leaves have not yet turned to gold. That will happen before the leaves fall. I hope to get back to photograph the tree then. Read more about the catalpa tree's characteristics on the Cal Poly website.  The pods you see hanging above are some of the very longest found on trees. Although the website states the fruits are three inches long, I can tell you many of these were at least twice that long. Perhaps you can see why the catalpa tree is nicknamed the bean tree, though the fruits are not edible.

Photos of a Catalpa Tree in October
You can see why the catalpa tree is also called a bean tree. © B. Radisavljevic

The tree above is closer to the center of the park near the Historical Museum housed in the old Carnegie Library. You can see that a few of the leaves show signs of the approaching color change.

The Whole Catalpa Tree in Autumn

Here's my photo of the entire first tree (at least that which I can see from one side.) As you can see, it's a tall tree. It often grows as high as 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide. I had trouble getting the entire width into the photo. You can see how tall the tree is compared to the man walking beside it. It also grows fast -- up to two to three feet a year. It can live up to 150 years.

Photos of a Catalpa Tree in October in Paso Robles City Park. Notice its hanging fruits.
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This is my post for Day 3 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for October.

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