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Chilopsis linearis
Chilopsis linearis

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Zones 3B, 7-14, 18-23
Full Sun
Full
Minimal Water
Minimal

Chilopsis linearis 'Burgundy' ('Burgundy Lace')

Desert Willow, Desert Catalpa
Bignoniaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees, Flowers

CHILOPSIS

The plant grows to 15–30 ft. tall, 10–20 ft.wide; grows fast at first (as much as 3 ft. in a season), then slows. With age, develops shaggy bark and twisting trunks. Narrow, willow-type leaves 2–5 in. long. Spring to fall, produces fragrant trumpet-shaped blossoms with crimped lobes, similar to those of catalpa; blooms are like small cattleya orchids and attract hummingbirds. Flower color varies among seedlings—may be reddish purple, lavender, rose, pink, or white, often marked with purple and gold. Nurseries select for good color, large size, ruffled form. Gallon-size plants can bloom first year. Drops leaves early; holds a heavy crop of catalpa-like seedpods through winter and can look messy. Thin growth to enhance picturesque shape.

'Burgundy' ('Burgundy Lace')

Deep purplish red flowers.

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