• 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:
    Drought Tolerant
    Late Spring through Summer.
    Landscape Uses:
  • 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
    Blooms:Late Spring through Summer.
    Flower color:Pink
    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 PlantsBougainvillea (Boungainvillea); Salvia (Salvia); Tickseed (Coreopsis ); Yucca (Yucca); Stonecrop (Sedum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Water deeply, less frequently, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: late winter.
    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. Though the more correct botanical name is x Chitalpa, which denotes its hybrid origin, Chiltalpa is the more often-used name. The first hybrid between Catalpa and Chilopsis was introduced into the United States inn 1977 by Robert Hebb of the New York Botanic Garden. The hybrid remained unnamed until 1991 when Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden assigned them the name x Chitalpa tashkentensis. Chitalpa is a combination of the scientific name of the two parents and the specific name identifies the city in Uzbekistan where the hybrids were initially created. Two cultivars were subsequently named by Rancho Santa Ana; this pink flowering cultivar: 'Pink Dawn', and a white cultivar: 'Mornin
    Hummingbirds and many flying insects of the desert are drawn to these flowers.