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Desertwillow

Chilopsis linearis

Bignoniaceae - Catalpa

Description

Leaves: Opposite or scattered along stem; simple; linear or narrowly-lanceolate; 6" to 12" long, 1/2"  wide or less; deciduous; glabrous; sometimes sticky; entire margin.

Twigs/buds: Twigs slender; glabrous or hairy; light brown.  No terminal bud; lateral buds small, with several overlapping scales; rusty-red and hairy.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers perfect; similar to northern catalpa but smaller with some purple; 3/4" to 1-1/2" wide; appear in May-June in small clusters.  Fruit and seeds similar to northern catalpa, but smaller; 7" to 12" long and 1/4" wide.

Bark: Brown; scaly.

Wood: No information available.

General: Native to warm locations along streams in southwestern Utah and throughout the extreme southwestern U.S.  Fairly short-lived.  Not a true willow.  Shade intolerant.

Landscape Use: This small, shrubby tree is rarely used in Utah landscapes, but is getting more attention and could be used more as a small, interesting ornamental where it is not too cold.  Will be hard to find in nurseries.  I have seen this growing in West Jordan and also a small one growing in a large pot outdoors next to a greenhouse in Jensen, Utah.  Zones 7-10.

Comments & Limitations:  Fruit and/or plant part can be nuisances; use fruitless varieties if possible.

Cultivars: 'Alpine', 'Burgundy', 'Marfa Lace', 'Regal', 'Tejas'.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Bignoniaceae - Catalpa
Cultivar Availability:
No
Hardiness Zone:
7-10
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
Yes

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
Medium
Longevity:
Low
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Irregular

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
Yes
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
Yes

Tolerence

Shade:
Low
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
Medium
Poor Drainage:
Medium
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
Medium