The largest Catalpa tree in America is being cut down this week in Walla Walla. I've walked past this impressive and well-loved tree many, many times and am saddened to see that yet another old tree on campus has been axed. It had a rotten core they say.
Reports from ground zero last night said that someone had left flowers.
The catalpa takes its name from a Cherokee word that means bean tree, and I can see why. The tree produces seed pods that look like giant spring beans. It also flowers in the spring.
The tree measured 22 feet in circumference and was 79 feet tall.