Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast growing to 25 ft. high, equal width.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Summer Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Botanical Pronunciation:chi-TAL-pa tash-ken-TEN-sis
Plant type:Tree
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Sunset climate zones:3 - 24, 28 - 33
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growing to 25 ft. high, equal width.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
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 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:
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.
Lore:
Hummingbirds and many flying insects of the desert are drawn to these flowers.