||Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
||Also known as catalpa, western catalpa, catawba, and cigar tree.
||Grows in eastern to central United States and southern Canada.
||Straight grained with light gray-brown or buff-colored heartwood and light cream-colored sapwood (most lumber consists of heartwood).
||Soft, weak, and brittle with very good decay resistance and dimensional stability.
||Turns well. Excellent for working with hand tools – almost on par with white pine.
||Mainly used for fenceposts, rails, beams, and crating. Also good for turned articles and carving due to softness and stability. Other uses include millwork, framing, forms, furniture, drawer sides, and general purpose construction.
||Exudes creosote-like odor.