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x Chitalpa tashkentensis ‘Pink Dawn’ (photo courtesy of Emerisa Gardens)
x Chitalpa tashkentensis ‘Pink Dawn’ (photo courtesy of Emerisa Gardens)

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Zones 3-24, 28-33
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x Chitalpa tashkentensis

Desert Willow
Bignoniaceae
Deciduous, Trees

Growing rapidly to 20–30 ft. tall and wide, this tree combines the larger flowers of its Catalpa bignonioides parent with the desert toughness and flower color of Chilopsis linearis, its other parent. Erect clusters of frilly, trumpet-shaped flowers in pink, white, or lavender appear from late spring to fall. ‘Pink Dawn’ has pink blooms, ‘Morning Cloud’ white ones.

Because it constantly drops spent blossoms and leaves in summer, don’t plant over patios or walkways. It is susceptible to powdery mildew and anthracnose. Don’t overwater.

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