Desert willow, Chilopsis linearis is a large deciduous shrub or
small tree. There is one in McFarland 30 feet+tall, but usually they
are a 15 foot or so small tree. Its willow- like, long, narrow
leaves and growth along desert washes give the desert willow its name. The
Penstemon- like flowers are fragrant, pink to lavender. They appear in
May and keep coming until September or frost. Native near waterways in
Mojave and Colorado deserts. Likes moderate water and sun. Does best inland
and in desert. In most of California the test would be if you get
frost, but do not get below 0 degrees F, it will probably grow. Easy to grow.
It's nice looking and fast. The leaf tips will freeze each cold winter; ours
have lived through -4 degrees F., in containers with little damage. It has
a nice deciduous form. Can be pruned to make a weeping willow effect.
(A weeping willow with 1-2"pink-purple catalpa-like flowers!) Plant and
stems look dead when dormant, (Do not pull out the first winter).
Hummingbirds live in this most of the summer. A favorite in the garden
all summer. Syn: Chilopsis linearis ssp. arcuata
Chilopsis linearis tolerates alkaline soil, sand, clay and seasonal flooding.
Chilopsis linearis is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Chilopsis linearis has color green and is deciduous.
Flower of Chilopsis linearis has color pink and has a fragrance.
Communities for Chilopsis linearis:Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland and Riparian (rivers & creeks).