Sweet Katie Burgundy Desert Willow

Chilopsis linearis 'Sweet Katie Burgundy'

An easy-care and airy desert native with a gracefully branched silhouette, willow-like foliage, and luxuriant, fragrant, trumpet-shaped burgundy blooms throughout summer that produce very few seed pods. Notable for its compact and uniform growth. A lovely addition to xeric or waterwise landscapes. Deciduous.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationKY-lop-sis lin-e-A-ris
LoreChilopsis 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. In the desert, these plants provide valuable hummingbird nectar and are jealously guarded.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 20 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring to Fall
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
Growth HabitWeeping
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Specimen, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsYucca (Yucca); Cactus (Opuntia); Texas Ranger (Leucophyllum); Rock Rose (Cistus); Mexican Blue Sage (Salvia)

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. Prune to shape in late fall.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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