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Willow, Desert Chilopsis linearis

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Zones 7 - 9 Zones 7 - 9
Hardiness Zones 7 - 9
The Desert Willow can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the zone map. View Map
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree
Type of tree
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
This willow does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
The Desert Willow grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
This 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.

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.


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.

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.