Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Amazing Brooklyn StringBean Tree!

Honestly, I have no idea what kind of tree this is.  I walk by it all the time a couple of blocks from my house.

Look at the shape of those leaves.  And those string bean things hanging down.

If you can't tell, the string bean things are about eighteen inches long right now.  I can't remember if they get any/much bigger.  Anybody have a clue what kind of tree this is?  There's one more of the same type tree on the same property and I don't remember seeing another one anywhere else.  Ever.

What is it?

This, on the other hand, is a little girl after graduating from whatever little girls that age graduate from.  Her family looked awfully proud.

She needs another pose in her repertoire, though.  But she was still adorable.


Random Michelle K said...

There are several around here. I've always called 'em green bean trees, but someone I know (probably Susan) knows what they're actually called.

Nathan said...

And is there some reason you haven't petered Susan for the answer yet?


Random Michelle K said...

Oh, I've been told what they were called, I just didn't bother to remember.

John the Scientist said...

It looks like a Catalpa Tree to me.

Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener) said...

Yup, Catalpa speciosa, Northern Catalpa. It's native to a wide range in the U.S.

Without the seed pods, and when not in bloom, it's easily confused with an unrelated invasive tree species, Paulownia tomentosa Princess Tree.

Nathan said...

Thanks everybody. Well everybody except weren't really any help at all, were you? :D


If I had run across your blog a couple of weeks ago, I'd have had snails out the wazooo for you. Sorry.