Chilopsis linearis ssp. arcuata

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Chilopsis linearis ssp. arcuata
Chilopsis linearis ssp. arcuata
Chilopsis linearis ssp. arcuata

Species Name: Chilopsis linearis ssp. arcuata
Common Name: Desert Willow

Graceful, open structure with curving branches. Beautiful trumpet-like flowers attract hummingbirds. Drought tolerant. Showy flowers and lacy foliage. Very attractive tree for small spaces.

Plant Family: Bignoniaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 20' H x 15' W
Growth Habit: Multi-branched, weeping willow-like
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Pink
Endangered?: Not Llisted
Distribution: Desert, adjacent to Transverse and Peninsular Ranges. To Utah, New Mexico, and northern Mexico.
Natural Habitat: Sandy washes below 4,500'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A beautiful deciduous shrub or small tree belonging to the Bignonia family and found in many places on the desert. Of rather weeping habit, with narrow rich green foliage and large trumpet-shaped flowers, lilac streaked with yellow. Very attractive when in bloom, and quite easy to grow. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.