Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday's Surprise Sighting: Chitalpa?

Hoping to beat the rain I went out for a walk this morning and discovered a small tree in bloom at Hostra with flowers that caught my eye and reminded me a lot of a catalpa. Was this morning's surprise sighting a Chitalpa, admittedly something I didn't know existed?! Over at great plant picks the Chitalpa was described as a "bizarre hybrid between two unlikely parents", the Catalpa, which is what the flower resembled to me and the desert willow, which I have never seen. According to Wikipedia the hybrid has a botanical garden history which includes its introduction in the United States by Robert Hebb of the New York Botanical Garden in 1977. Cool!

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