• 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. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Desert Native
    Blooms:
    Spring through 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. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring through Summer
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleRustic
    Patent 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)
  • 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 frequency; tolerates 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:
    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.