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Desert Willow

Chilopsis Linearis

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The Desert Willow is an upright shrub or small deciduous tree that grows to a height of 25 feet. The trunk can grow as much as 6 inches in diameter, and has dark brown, scaly bark. The light-green narrow leaves can be 3 to 6 inches long with very pointed ends. The twigs on the Desert Willow are often hairy and sticky. The flowers are large, fragrant, and pink-to-purple throats. These flowers normally bloom from April to August, but have been seen blooming in November.

The Desert Willow is native to Southwest New Mexico and Northern Mexico and usually grow along desert washes, creeks, stream banks, and drainages. It is also widely used in residential landscapes, parks, and highways. The Desert Willow requires low maintenance and is drought tolerant making it one of the most widely used native plants in the Southwest.

-Robin Kuebler, Agro/Hort 100, Spring 1999