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

Chilopsis linearis 'Lucretia Hamilton'

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


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.

'Lucretia Hamilton'

Darkpurple flowers in large clusters.To 15–18 ft. high and wide.

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