Willow, Desert Chilopsis linearis
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Hardiness Zones 7 - 9The Desert Willow can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeFlowering Trees, Shrubs
Mature HeightThe Desert Willow grows to be 15' - 25' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Desert Willow has a spread of about 10' at full maturity.
SunThis willow does well in full sun.
SoilThe Desert Willow grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
ShapeThis willow has rounded, spreading or horizontal shape.
The Desert-willow requires little maintenance and produces flowers at peak season.
Desert-Willow should be grown in full sun and is extremely drought-tolerant. While the trees will grow better with adequate moisture, they will not tolerate over-watering. The multi-trunked, well branched habit of growth and thick growth make Desert-Willow well suited for a wide screen or tall hedge. Groups can be planted in a large-scale landscape for a splash of color.
The seeds of the Desert Willow are eaten by wildlife and the flowers often attract hummingbirds. It can provide a nesting site for desert birds and ground cover for other animals.
The branches of the Desert-willow have been used to make thatch roofs. This tree resembles a willow in appearance, but is not related.
The Desert-willow cannot grow in wet or heavy soils.
The leaves of the Desert-willow has inch-long dark green leaves.
The blooms are fragrant and pink.
This shrub flowers in mid-summer.
This shrub produces a ten-inch long seed-pod that persist throughout the winter.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.