Trees

Willow, Desert Chilopsis linearis

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Zones 7 - 9
Zones 7 - 9

Hardiness Zones: Zones 7 - 9
The Desert Willow can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. VIEW MAP

Flowering Tree
Flowering Tree

Type of tree:
The Desert Willow falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees, Shrubs

15' - 25' High
15' - 25' High

Mature Height:
The Desert Willow grows to be 15' - 25' feet in height.

10' Spread
10' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Desert Willow has a spread of about 10' at full maturity.

Medium Growth
Medium Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This willow does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Desert Willow grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.

Rounded Shape
Rounded Shape

Shape:
This willow has rounded, spreading or horizontal shape.

More Info
More Info

Attributes:
The Desert-willow requires little maintenance and produces flowers at peak season.

Description:
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.

Wildlife Value:
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.

History/Lore/Use:
The branches of the Desert-willow have been used to make thatch roofs. This tree resembles a willow in appearance, but is not related.

Moisture:
The Desert-willow cannot grow in wet or heavy soils.

Leaves:
The leaves of the Desert-willow has inch-long dark green leaves.

Flower Color:
The blooms are fragrant and pink.

Bloom Time:
This shrub flowers in mid-summer..

Fruit Description:
This shrub produces a ten-inch long seed-pod that persist throughout the winter.