• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. high, equal width.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Desert Native
    Blooms:
    Spring to Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KY-lop-sis lin-e-A-ris
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:10 - 13, 18 - 21, 29, 30, 33
    Growth habit:Weeping
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. high, equal width.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring to Summer
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
    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 PlantsRock Rose (Cistus); Agave (Agave); Prickly Pear (Opuntia); Mexican Blue Sage (Salvia); Texas Ranger (Leucophyllum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in a wide range of conditions including alkaline soil, sand, clay and heavy seasonal moisture. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce watering frequency; takes seasonal drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: fall.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Chilopsis is a shrubby tree native to the deserts from California south into Mexico and east to Texas. It is found in dry washes where it survives on water trapped deep underground. The species flowers are pale pink and trumpet shape indicates its presence in the Bignonia family of trumpet vines.
    Lore:
    In the desert, these plants provide valuable hummingbird nectar and are jealously guarded.