• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing to 25 ft. high, equal width.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:chi-TAL-pa tash-ken-TEN-sis
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 24, 28 - 33
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 25 ft. high, equal width.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasA beautiful accent tree that easily fits into average beds and borders. Use as a visual screen along property lines to block neighbors without losing much light or air circulation. A stunning single specimen in bloom and under night lighting. Perfect to augment dry xeriscape plantings in open beds with luxurios looks.
    Companion PlantsGroup desert willow with other star dryland performers such as All Gold Bougainvillea, (Boungainvillea x 'All Gold'), Dark Purple Autumn Sage, (Salvia greggii 'Navajo Dark Purple'), Zamphir Dwarf Coreopsis, (Coreopsis auriculata 'Zamphir') and Golden Sword Yucca, (Yucca filamentosa 'Golden Sword').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    This tree is the result of an inter-genera cross of Catalpa bignoniodes and the desert willow, Chilopsis linearis, both native to the southwestern U.S. Both share the same Bignonia family of trumpet flowers. Catalpa contributes the larger leaves while the Chilopsis ensures increased drought and heat tolerance of this unique variety.
    Hummingbirds and many flying insects of the desert are drawn to these flowers.