Desert Willow

Common English Names: Desert Willow, Flowering Willow, Willowleaf Catalpa, Desert Catalpa, Bow Willow
  • Common Spanish Names: Mimbre, Flor de Mimbre, Acuahuitl
    Scientific Name: Chilopsis linearis (kaiee-LOP-sis lyn-ee-AIR-iss)

  • Family: Bignoniaceae (Catalpa Family)
    • Geographic Range: Southwestern and Trans-Pecos Texas west to extreme southwestern Utah, southern Nevada, and southern California; northern Mexico.

    • Plant Form: Small deciduous tree up to 25', occasionally more.

    • Remarks: Excellent xeric tree; orchid-like flowers with shades of of pink, purple, and white appear throughout the warm season. Light water, full sun, good drainage. Attracts hummingbirds. Hardy. You can prune them to one trunk or leave them alone as a multi-trunk large shrub. They do produce seen pods, but there is a variety by Monrovia that is seedless.

    • Sun: Full Sun - USDA Zone 7 - 9

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