Catalpa tree (Catalpa sp)?

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Catalpa tree (Catalpa sp)?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby alforddm » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:53 am

I have seen references to the Catalpa tree being poisonous, however, I have also seen reports of goats eating leaves with gusto and some references only say the roots are poisonous. Many sources say it is a safe tree to have in pastures for horses and cattle. I do have one tree in my horse pasture and it's never caused a problem but I can't say for sure if they eat the leaves or beans. I guess now that I'm thinking about it they probably do eat either the new trees or the bean pods because I don't have saplings in the horse pasture but do in other locations.

It tends to be a bit weedy around here and being able to feed the tops of small trees would be great. I did try feeding the top of one tree to some grow outs they did eat it and don't seem any worse for the experience but I'm a bit leary of feeding it over time.

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