Common Names: Orchid of the Desert, Desert Catalpa, Flowering Willow
Light: Full Sun/Part Shade
Height: 15′ – 20′
Spacing/Spread: 15′ – 20′
Evergreen: No, plant is deciduous.
Color: Pink blooms.
Interest: From Spring to Fall.
Texas Native:Yes, plant is Texas native.
Wildlife habitat: Provides food/shelter for bees, butterflies and birds.
Features: Small growing drought tolerant Texas native tree. Large pink flowering over a long period of time.
Austin Native Landscaping: “Along with Texas Redbud, Retama and Texas Mountain Laurel, Desert Willow is another solid pick when looking for a drought tolerant small statured flowering tree. The pink trumpet like flowers are quite substantial in size and mix well with other elements. You can prune this Texas native to a more formal tree form or leave it to become a more wooly, wild and hedgy specimen. Outstanding drought resistance and the ability to take some shade make this small tree a wonderful option in many Xeriscape design scenarios.”
Family: Bignoniaceae (Pronounced – big-no-nih-AY-see-ee)
Genus: Chilopsis (Pronounced – kye-LOP-sis)
Species: linearis (Pronounced – lin-AIR-iss)