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Timeless Beauty® Desert Willow

Chilopsis linearis 'Monhews'

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.
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Good to grow! 8


Full sun

Once established, water if very dry.


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Botanical PronunciationKY-lop-sis lin-e-A-ris
LoreThis native of the desert Southwest is found in dry washes of the low desert including the Mohave and Colorado deserts.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring through Summer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleRustic
Growth HabitRounded, Upright
Growth RateModerate
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 if very dry.
Companion PlantsIndian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); New Zealand Flax (Phormium); Rock Rose (Cistus); Yucca (Yucca); 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 8

Good to grow!