Timeless Beauty® Desert Willow
Timeless Beauty® Desert Willow
Chilopsis linearis 'Monhews' Plant Patent #11,078Item #2415 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
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A unique selection notable for its long bloom period. Fragrant, tubular, burgundy and pale lavender blooms appear in clusters at branch ends; flowers do not set seed. Gorgeous specimen to anchor a border, or as a large patio container feature. Ideal for firescaping. Deciduous to semi-evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:KY-lop-sis lin-e-A-risPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:10 - 13, 18 - 21, 29, 30, 33Growth habit:WeepingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through SummerFlower color:PurpleGarden styleRusticPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasA most drought and heat resistant flowering tree makes the ideal specimen plant for water challenged communities. Plant in the front yard to call attention to an entry. Use in back as a focal point for oft used windows and sliders. Plant a few around patios for a sense of enclosure and light filtered shade at maturity. Makes an excellent sideyard privacy screen with flowers for interest from adjacent windows. Useful tree for screening off RVs, drying yards, utility areas and undesirable land uses. Great plant for hiding swimming pool safety fencing, particularly chain link.Companion PlantsIndian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); New Zealand Flax (Phormium); Rock Rose (Cistus); Yucca (Yucca); Mexican Blue Sage (Salvia)
- CareCare InformationGrows 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 frequency; tolerates seasonal drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: fall.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This improved desert willow cultivar was introduced by Monrovia. Chilopsis is classified in the Bignoniaceae of trumpet flowers and related to the catalpa tree. Genus name was derived from the Greek for lip-like, which refers to the mouth-like shape of the flower opening. The species C. linearis was classified by Robert Sweet. It is found in deserts from California south into Mexico and through Texas.Lore:This native of the desert Southwest is found in dry washes of the low desert including the Mohave and Colorado deserts. Likes moderate water and sun. Does best inland and in desert While flowers do yield seed pods, it was not a common food source for Native American tribes within its range. It was however, a favorite tree for sheltering camp sites.