This is the closest photo I could get of the leaves (it's a very tall tree). The leaves are large, bright green, and the tree has white flowers. Does anyone recognize it?

Tall tree with large, bright green leaves and white flowers.

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I think it is catalpa. In the midwest , the tradition if to severely prune them to about 10 ft. high so the flowers can be easily seen. When I first saw upruned ones in TX, I couldn't figure out what they were. I only saw the flowers because I was bird watching and many birds were attracted to insects in the flowers.

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    is correct - that's a Catalpa speciosa. I've lived in the Midwest my entire life (Ike was President when I was born), and I have never heard of the tradition that blacksmith mentions - we let our catalpas flourish tall and proud in Wisconsin :) These is also a Southern species (C. bignoides, or something like that).
    – Jurp
    Jun 22, 2020 at 23:23
  • That was the Chicago area Jun 23, 2020 at 1:03
  • We were 90 miles apart, yet with such different traditions. Sort of like the differences between the Bears and the Packers, eh? :)
    – Jurp
    Jun 23, 2020 at 13:39
  • They were supposed to have great fishing bait worms ( caterpillars) in the flowers, maybe why they were pruned. Jun 23, 2020 at 20:59
  • @blacksmith37 Thanks! I've seen several of them here but the lowest branches are really high up!
    – JoshuaTree
    Jun 23, 2020 at 21:40

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