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Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow)

Chilopsis linearis Photo/Illustration: Charles Mann


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Chilopsis linearis kil-OP-sis lin-ee-AR-iss Common Name: Desert Willow
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.


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

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