Chilopsis linearis

Plant Description

Desert Willow is a deciduous small tree or large shrub having long (6-12 inches), narrow leaves with airy foliage casts with a funnel-shaped blossom. This tree has a slender, twisting trunk and a spreading crown. Desert Willow trees can get 15-20 feet tall and have trumpet-shaped flowers with a sweet fragrance. Blooms range in color from light pink to light violet. They have a scaly bark and narrow and papery pods hang decoratively. They also have alternate willow-like leaves and hairy or sticky slender brown twigs.

The violet-scented flowers are replaced by slender seedpods by early autumn and are a good, drought tolerant solution that can tolerate arid conditions.  Because of the long beautiful flowering period, it is one of the best small native trees of Texas and has become a popular native plant for residential gardens.

Plant Details

  • Pros: Ornamental blooms, drought tolerant
  • Cons: Slightly irregular form, requires well drained soil
  • Deciduous
  • Size: 15-20' height
  • Light: Full sun
  • Bloom Color: Pink, white, lavendar
  • Fall Color: None
  • Water Needs: Low
  • Similar Plants: Chitalpa

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