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Desert Willow

Chilopsis linearis

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Tree, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Hummingbirds, Carpenter Bees
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
25' × 25'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season April-August
Flower Color Pink
Minimum Temperature Range 0-10 °F
Leaf Description Long, linear
Fruit Legume (bean)
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Ethnobotany Havasupai used in basketry; Hualapai used to make cradleboards; curanderas (healers) in Mexico use it to treat coughing, indigestion, and skin and vaginal infections.
Description A beautiful deciduous (loses leaves annually) tree with long, narrow leaves and showy bell shaped blooms. There are several cultivars available with blooms ranging from light pink to dark purple. This tree is generally multi-trunked and spreading but can be pruned if a narrow, upright specimen is more desirable. Just keep in mind that too much pruning will weaken the structural integrity of tree. Desert willows will often work in spaces where Mesquites (Prosopis velutina) or Acacias (Vachellia farnesiana) would be too large. Because of its deciduous nature consider planting this tree to shade a window in the summer and allow light in during the winter. Typically found in habitat near areas with more reliable moisture so this tree will benefit from regular irrigation in the hot months.