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What the heck is this tree seen in bloom on a walk with Mrs. BD and pup last weekend? Small tree growing on a riverbank, and last year's seed pods still hung on it looking like vanilla beans. Large almost grape-looking leaves.
I was going to say it looks like a Catalpa. Without googling it up, the leaves look a little smaller than the ones around the old home place. Perhaps different varieties(?). I have one which must be over 100 years old and is 35-40 feet tall in the back yard.
Their only known purpose is as the life sustaining source of food of the Catalpa Worm, which is used for fish bait.
Northern Catalpa - grows along our river bank in northern NJ. Big, fragrant flowers just about now. Attract bees. Can get quite large. Sort of a weed tree but works well for erosion control along waterways.
My first guess was catalpa too. Grew up with a couple of them on our lot in California. Not fun when your job is to keep the pool clean. The tree is designed to be dropping something year round it seems. The pods did make great ammo though in the backyard fort wars.