One of the identifying characteristics of a Northern Catalpa tree is a round leaf scar. The above photo shows this. Few trees have this characteristic.
Another way Catalpa trees are recognized is the cigar like seed pods the tree produces.
The end of twigs usually have buds on them but Catalpa's don't.
Below is the bark of an old tree.
Catalpa wood is light with straight grain. This makes it easy to split and I use the wood for kindling.
Kindle afresh the gift of God that is within you. We should not let what we used to do for the Lord go to waste. Instead, kindle it so that it will grow . Just as a fire is kindled to give you more fire and heat. Kindle your giftings with Bible reading and prayer to allow you to serve the Lord with more zeal and enthusiasm.
2 Timothy 1:6 "For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands."
Lord, revive me according to Your word.