Chilopsis linearis, Desert Willow, Orchid of the Desert, Desert Catalpa, Flowering Willow

Desert Willow

Chilopsis linearis

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.

Landscape Companions:

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)

Propagation: Seeds.



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5 comments… add one
  • Jimmy Hanks

    December 12, 2012, 6:35 am

    u need to tell the soil type and which one it thrives in

  • Juan Castaneda

    March 23, 2015, 6:53 pm

    I saw this at Colovista Golf course and knew it was one of the most trees and it gave an aroma that was greatm

    • David

      July 20, 2015, 7:21 pm

      Let them grow!


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