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Large white-flowering trees in South Jersey -- what are they?

I’ve noticed several large trees in South Jersey flowering now with clusters of white. The trees have large leaves and the bark reminds me somewhat of what I remember as horse chestnut. Any ideas?
Last Updated: Sep 01, 2015  |  27 Views

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Horse chestnuts blossom in the earlier  spring, so it  isn't a horse chestnut.  Collaboratively speaking, we think it is probably a Northern Catalpa, Catalpa speciosa, which has large leaves, although not as lobed as a horse chestnut.  Catalpas  blossom in late spring, so the timing is right.  The blossoms are panticles of white clusters, and the bark is rough textured.   We hope we're right!

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  1. Thank you. I think you are collaboratively correct. I don't know why I noticed them this year more than ever.
    by tom on Jun 12, 2014.

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