Desert Willow

Chilopsis linearis

Photo/Illustration: 
Charles Mann
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Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)
kil-OP-sis lin-ee-AR-iss
Desert willow is shrub native to the Southwest U.S. and Mexico. Its erect willowy foliage is joined by large, blowsy pink flowers from early summer to first frost. This tough plants performs well in xeriscapes and other dry, unforgiving locations. It grows to 10 to 14 feet tall and wide remains blemish-free all season long.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This is the only species in the genus Chilopsis . The genus Chilopsis belongs to Bignoniaceae.
Care:  Provide full sun and well-drained soil in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 9. Deadhead regularly for best flowering. Prune away wayward stems in spring.
Propagation:   Sow ripe seed promptly or take cuttings in spring or summer.
Problems:   Root rot may occur.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Style
Desert Garden,
Fall Interest,
Flowering Tree,
Low-Maintenance,
Summer Interest,
Sun
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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