Chilopsis linearis

Desert Willow

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.

Desert Willow Details

  • Common Names: Orchid of the Desert, Desert Catalpa, Flowering Willow
  • Preferred Light Conditions: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Height: 15′ – 20′
  • Spacing/Spread: 15′ – 20′
  • Evergreen: No, this is a deciduous plant.
  • Color: Pink blooms.
  • Interest: From Spring to Fall.
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  • Texas Native:Yes, plant is Texas native.
  • Wildlife habitat: Provides food/shelter for bees, butterflies and birds.

Plant Features

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