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Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time

Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)

Beautiful flower and foliage

Surprising large blooms that last all Summer long!

Desert Willow is one of my favorite specimen tree’s.  This tree is a full sun, extremely drought tolerant, prolific bloomer.  Native to Texas, this breathtaking tree is an excellent choice in the landscape.  One of the things I especially love about the Desert Willow flowers, aside from the fact that they put on a show from early Spring until late Fall, is that they are incredibly fragrant.  The aroma delightfully wafts through the air and then as they leave the tree to make room for more flowers they carpet the ground in fabulous color.  The Desert Willow flower is quite large individually but is part of a cluster of flowers at the end of each stem. They range in color from a White to deep Burgundy, but my personal fave is Bubba (shown)..hate the name :-/

The next time you are looking for an interesting tree that isn’t the same ol’, same ol’ practically every one of your neighbors has, (like the ornamental Pear for example,...boring!)  Consider this relatively fast growing tree with a similarly short life span as the ornamental Pear, but a whole lot more bang for your buck!

Now go get your garden on!

Lisa LaPaso

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  1. Really liked the little flick starring the Desert Willow tree!! But how about a few suggestions for Companion Plants to go along with it??? And also maybe places to Buy some??????

    • Maurita, thanks for the feedback. I think this tree does well with just about anything around it, but I have chosen to pair it with Guara (similar flower but smaller) purple and blue Iris, Bridals Wreath Spirea, White Salvia, Lily of the Nile, a sprinkling of asst Zenia and Fall Aster so it looks like a vintage garden. If you are in or near the Austin area, you can find this beautiful tree at Barton Springs Nursery on Bee Caves Rd.

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  3. Denise M Witt

    Will the Desert Willow grow in the more aouhrrn central
    Part of Michigan?

    • Denise, it should do well in hardiness zones 7b through 11. It’s probably too cold that far north.

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