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Chilopsis linearis
Chilopsis linearis

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Zones 3B, 7-14, 18-23, 28-30, 33
Full Sun
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Chilopsis linearis

Desert Willow, Desert Catalpa
Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees

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.

'Art's Seedless'

Sterile flowersproduce no seedpods.

'AZT Desert Amethyst'

All-purple flowers; 15 to 30 ft. tall and wide.


Lavender and purplesummer—fall flowers; to 20 ft.

'Burgundy' ('Burgundy Lace')

Deep purplish red flowers.


White flowers with apale yellow throat. Wispy, opengrowth.

'Lois Adams'

Profuse two-toneblooms in pale lavenderand magenta; no seedpods.Compact, upright growth.

'Lucretia Hamilton'

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


Combination of lavenderand wine red; flat-faced,open-throated blooms make agreat display.

'Timeless Beauty'

Long season of two-toned lavender and burgundy blooms; no seedpods. To 15–20 ft. high and wide.

'Warren Jones'

Large, ruffled blossoms in pure, unshaded pink with paler throat. Holds leaves long; evergreen in warm-winterclimates.

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