Botanical Name: Chilopsis linearis Add
Common Name: Desert Willow  
Plant photo of: Chilopsis linearis
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Lavender, Pink, Purple, White


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Light Green


Bark Color

Grey, Tan


Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Spring, Summer





Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Parking Strip, Patio, Parking Lot, Street Tree


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Screen, Wind Break, Shade Tree, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This Desert Willow is open and airy as a small tree, and with age, develops a shaggy bark and twisting trunks. The flowers of the tree appear in spring and through the fall while the leaves will drop early. Pruning this 25' tall tree can make it very attractive; in winter, however, it is not attractive but supplemental watering helps its appearance. It needs good drainage and cannot tolerate overwatering. It is a moderately fast grower; seed pods are always present. Flowers apear on new wood.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.